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Careers Paths for Physics Majors

Explore career options for physics majors.

What can I do with a major in physics?

Here are some careers that physics alumni from Adelphi have pursued:

  • Laser Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Civil Engineer
  • Programmer 
  • Sustainable Energy Manager
  • Physics and Astronomy Teacher
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Computational Scientist
  • Research Assistant
  • Web Developer 
  • Solutions Architect
  • President of a construction company 
  • Senior Field Service Engineer
  • Distribution Operations Supervisor

Graduate Schools

Some graduate schools that Adelphi alumni in physics attend include:

  • Columbia University
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Rochester
  • John Jay College
  • Dowling College
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Arizona
  • MIT

Internship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to engage in physics outside of the classroom. These opportunities can include working at:

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • NYU-Winthrop Hospital
  • Ames Laboratory
  • Various universities

To explore Research Experience for Undergrads (REUs), visit The National Science Foundation’s REU site for physics. Learn more about the Horace McDonell Fellowship offered to science undergrads at Adelphi University.

Prepare for a Teaching Career in Physics

The Adelphi University Ruth S. Ammon School of Education offers a combined baccalaureate/master’s program that allows students to major in physics and also fulfill courses in education that will lead to New York State teaching certification.

Adelphi’s Department of Physics also participates with PhysTec


For further information, please contact:

Department of Physics
Blodgett Hall Room 8
p – 516.877.4880

Center for Career and Professional Development
Nexus Building, Room 225
p – 516.877.3130

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