Common Job Titles for Physics Bachelor's

Why should I major in physics if so few job titles include the word physics?

Many students study physics because they enjoy it, and they find that physics is exciting and intellectually stimulating.  A physics education provides a unique way of looking at problems that many employers value, a marketable set of skills, and foundational knowledge on which it is easy to build new knowledge as one’s career evolves over time.

You should also know that physics bachelor’s who get hired into positions with engineering or computer science job titles get paid the same salary as those who earned bachelor’s degrees in those fields.  A physics degree tells a prospective employer that you are a person who has the background, knowledge and drive to succeed in broad range of scientific or technical fields. 


  • Systems Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Optical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Laser Engineer
  • Associate Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Field Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Technician
  • Product Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Research Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • General Engineer
  • Technical Services Engineer

Hardware / Software

  • Software Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Consultant
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Support Staff
  • Analyst


  • High School Physics Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher

Research and Technical

  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Lab Assistant
  • Accelerator Operator
  • Physical Sciences Technician


These job titles were obtained from surveys conducted by the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics of physics bachelor’s recipients of the classes of 2009 and 2010. They are not exhaustive or exclusive.