What can I do with a Physics degree?
Physics encompasses the study of the universe, from the largest galaxies to the smallest particles, and underlies many pivotal scientific discoveries. Physics graduates have skills that are in high demand in diverse sectors, including medicine, research, engineering, computer science, business, and education. About half of students earning a bachelors in physics pursue a PhD in order to further their employment opportunities.
- The analytical skills that physicists learn make them versatile and adaptable, so they have a reputation as problem solvers... and work in interesting places.
- Physics brings a broad perspective to any situation. This inventive thinking makes physicists desirable in any field.
- Employers know that a physicist brings additional skills with expertise and pay accordingly. That's why physics graduates can typically expect career salaries similar to those of computer science and engineering majors.
WashU physics majors have gone on to graduate studies, medical school, academia, and internships, as well as employment in diverse fields such as engineering, government, and research.