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The OU Department of Physics has a long tradition of educating scientists, engineers, and science teachers who have achieved distinguished careers as researchers and leaders of industry. A knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics not only leads to a profound understanding of the physical world, but also supplies insight to develop new and innovative ideas. The technology and devices that influence our daily lives are based upon the discoveries of physics.

Some areas of career focus include: astronomy, acoustical physics, astrophysics, biophysics, fluid and plasma physics, geophysics, nuclear, optical, solid state physics, and science education. Expertise and experience in a specialty area are usually required for employment opportunities directly related to physics.

Career Opportunities

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biophysicist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computational Physicist
  • Construction Consultant
  • Consultant
  • Curator
  • Educator, K-12
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geographer
  • Geophysicist
  • Hazardous Materials Manager
  • Inspector
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Light and Optics Specialist
  • Mathematician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Pilot
  • Polution Analyst
  • Professor
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Radiologist
  • Researcher
  • Scientific Editor
  • Seismologist
  • Technical-Science Writer

Related Skills

Hiring Institutions

  • Air, Bus, & Rail Lines
  • Airports
  • Atomic & Nuclear Labs
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Engineering Firms
  • Environmental Firms
  • Federal Agencies
  • Government Laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Manufacturing & Processing Firms
  • Military Branches
  • Mining & Petroleum Companies
  • Observatories
  • Planetariums
  • Professional/Technical Journals
  • Public & Private Schools, K-12
  • Publishing Companies
  • Research Centers
  • Science Museums
  • Software Developers
  • Utility Companies
  • Weather Bureaus

Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Related Websites

University of Oklahoma, Department of Physics & Astronomy
American Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics
Sloan Career Cornerstone, Careers in Physics