Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Physics Requirements

Physics is the science that tries to understand the laws of nature and the relationship between energy and matter. The basics of physics can be applied to most other sciences, and for that reason, a great many people use physics as a springboard into other fields of study or professions.

A physics degree offers students the chance to understand the world around them in all its enormity and complexity. Physics topics include electricity and magnetism, space and time, thermodynamics, quantum physics, relativity, geophysics, fluid dynamics, astronomy and geology. Alongside practical work and experimentation, physics degrees will also include lots of theoretical learning and complex mathematics.

Physics Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Physics degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Physics degrees have experience in is Physicist, followed by Astronomer, Scientist, Engineer, Mathematician, Particle Physicist, Materials Scientist, Electrical Engineer, Software Engineer, and Chemist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Physicist 6.8% 0.1% 80.4×
Astronomer 6.1% 0.0% 318.4×
Scientist 2.5% 0.2% 14.0×
Engineer 2.1% 1.0% 2.1×
Mathematician 2.0% 0.1% 31.8×
Particle Physicist 4.5% 0.0% 1269.0×
Materials Scientist 2.5% 0.0% 86.7×
Electrical Engineer 1.0% 0.3% 3.7×
Software Engineer 1.9% 0.7% 2.5×
Chemist 0.9% 0.2% 5.2×

Physics Salary

Physics graduates earn on average $45k, putting them in the 70th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $30k
Median (average earners) $45k
75th (top earners) $68k

Physics Underemployment

Physics graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Part-Time 31%
Jobs that don't require college 20%
Low-paying 7%

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