There are currently an estimated 17,900 physicists in the United States. The physicist job market is expected to grow by 14.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are physicists?

CareerExplorer rates physicists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 8,200 physicists. That number is based on 2,600 additional physicists, and the retirement of 5,600 existing physicists.

What’s the supply of physicists?

The physicist industry is concentrated in California, New Mexico, Maryland

Physicist job market by state

State Name Employed Physicists
California 2,920
New Mexico 1,720
Maryland 1,260
New York 990
Colorado 960
Illinois 930
Virginia 820
Texas 650
District of Columbia 610
Michigan 580
New Jersey 470
Washington 460
Ohio 460
North Carolina 440
Tennessee 390
Massachusetts 330
Florida 280
Wisconsin 270
Pennsylvania 240
Indiana 230
Alabama 200
South Carolina 190
Minnesota 170
New Hampshire 110
Connecticut 110
Idaho 90
Georgia 70
Arizona 60
Utah 60
Missouri 60
Oklahoma 50
Oregon 50
Hawaii 50
Vermont 50
Maine 40
Iowa 30