An undergraduate major in physics and astronomy can lead to a variety of exciting careers. Physicists and astronomers find work in industry, the government, at universities, in the military, at high schools and colleges, in science museums, and as journalists and science writers. Recent graduates have pursued graduate study at top public and private institutions such as as the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Dartmouth, Texas A & M, Duke University, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, San Diego, Ohio State, University of Washington, Washington University, Cornell University, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, SUNY, Stony Brook and Northwestern.
Career Resources for UI Undergraduate Students
The Pomerantz Career Center provides high-quality resources and services to students, alumni, and employers. The site has information designed to help you move through the various stages of the job search process, including the Handshake@UIowa website as well as information on upcoming employer visits, internships, and careers after college.
Science Research community career advisors https://careers.uiowa.edu/science-research
Schedule an Appointment with a Career Advisor: https://careers.uiowa.edu/about/schedule-appointment
Attend a Job, Internship, or Career Fair: https://careers.uiowa.edu/events/career-fair
Finding and Creating Internships: https://careers.uiowa.edu/students/finding-internship
Interview Practice: https://careers.uiowa.edu/students/mock-interviewsinterviewstream
Job Search and Resume Basics: https://careers.uiowa.edu/resumes
Federal Government Employment Resources: https://careers.uiowa.edu/students/federal-government-employment-resources
Internships at observatories, NASA centers, physics labs and programs: Summer Programs.
Physics and Astronomy Career information:
- American Institute of Physics Career Resources
- American Physical Society (APS) Careers in Physics
- AAS Career Services
- Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students and their Mentors
- Physicist/Astronomer Occupational Outlook