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It is never too early to start planning your future in physics. Whether you are just starting your degree or are in the last stages, take a look at these resources to help you gain a better understanding of what to do once you have your diploma.
Not sure if you want to work in the private sector, conduct research at a university, or teach? If so, start here:
Look at the career paths other physics graduates have taken. This will help you to determine what careers would suit your interests and also what it takes to get there.
Below is a list of common job titles held by physics graduates. Use this list to help steer your job search.
Technical Services Engineer
Technical Support Staff
High School Physics Teacher
High School Science Teacher
Middle School Science Teacher
Physical Sciences Technician
ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Areas of research include materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSCdUJ8cavw to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers a great internship experience!
• 400 hours of participation (spread over 16-week appointment period of August 19 – December 6) engaged in a technical training project under the direction of a laboratory scientist/engineer (CCI)
• Full-time participation August 19 – December 6 engaged in a research project under the direction of a laboratory scientist/engineer (SULI)
• Career development workshops/lab tours
• $500 per week stipend, based on 40 hours per week*
• Limited travel reimbursement/housing allowance* (for those who qualify)
To be eligible**, applicants must:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
In addition, CCI applicants must:
• Be currently enrolled full-time at a community college or accredited two-year college and have completed at least one semester (at the time of application)
• Have completed at least 6 credit hours in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology course areas and have completed at least 12 credit hours towards a degree
In addition, SULI applicants must:
• Be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution AND have completed at least one year as an undergraduate (at the time of application)**
*The stipend and housing allowance for eligible CCI students is prorated based on the weekly hours of participation.
*The SULI internship requires a full-time (at least 40 hours per week) commitment onsite at ORNL in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Some students find it reasonable to take online or evening classes during the course of the internship. Undergraduate credits obtained in high school cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement.