Physics & Astronomy Master’s Initial Employment

Data from the degree recipient follow-up survey for the classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008
April 2011
Patrick Mulvey and Brandon Shindel

Physics & Astronomy Master’s Initial Employment

This report presents the characteristics and initial outcomes of exiting master’s degree recipients in physics and astronomy.  The status of exiting physics master’s varied greatly by the citizenship of the degree recipient. The majority of US citizens entered or remained in the workforce after receiving their degrees, where the majority of non-US citizens continued with graduate study in physics or another field. Of the physics master’s in the workforce, about half were employed in the private sector, with a vast majority working in a STEM field.  The findings in this report come from the annual AIP Follow-up Survey of physics master’s degree recipients, classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008. 

 

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