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A step-by-step guide to physics careers that align with your interests, talents, and values — and how to build a successful road toward them.

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See the breadth of opportunities for physics graduates in industry, national labs, and beyond — and get the guidance you need to land those jobs.

Careers 2024 Guide

Webinars for Physicists

Webinars offering discussion, career guidance, and advice.

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Career Paths

A physics degree opens the door to many career paths. Learn how others charted their courses.

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Industry Mentoring

IMPact connects students and postdocs with industry mentors.

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Physicist Career Profiles

Read about the careers of over 50 physicists in various sectors.

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For Mentors

APS provides several opportunities for our members to mentor the next generation of physicists:

Industry Mentoring for Physicists (IMPact) connects industry professionals with students exploring career options.
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Career Mentoring Fellows attend an APS March or April Meeting to provide feedback on undergraduate student presentations. Fellows also receive implicit bias training and give a career talk at an institution near them.
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The National Mentoring Community supports African American, Hispanic American, and Native American undergraduate physics students.
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Showcase physics careers for you students with Across the Spectrum playing cards. Each deck features 26 career profiles of women and gender minorities in physics.
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More Career Resources

Insight Physics Slideshows
Physics InSight is a series of slideshows designed to inform and excite undergraduates about physics.
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FIAP Career Lectureship Award
This award seeks to recognize and honor physicists in industrial and other non-academic careers.
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Statistical Job Data
The AIP Statistical Research Center publishes, graphs, and analyzes data on education and employment in physics.
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Conference for Graduate Women and Gender Minorities in Physics
This program offers leadership and professional development events for women and gender minority graduate students and postdocs.
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Committee on Careers & Professional Development
The Committee is responsible for coordinating affairs within the Society concerned with career and professional development in physics.
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Employment Resources for International Members
International physics students and professionals may be eligible to apply for employment based visas and work authorizations in the United States.
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Work at APS
APS is looking for people with a passion for physics and the physical sciences to join our team of talented professionals.
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Upcoming Events & Meetings

APS March Meeting

Minneapolis, Minnesota, & Virtual

  • Workshop: Mastering the Art of Refereeing in Soft and Living Matter
    Sunday, March 3, 10am CT
  • Future of Physics Days events for undergrads
    Sunday - Wednesday, March 3-6
  • Industry Career Panel
    Monday, March 4, 12pm CT
  • Job Expo
    Monday - Thursday, March 4 - 7
  • National Mentoring Community Reception
    Tuesday, March 5, 4:30 pm CT

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APS April Meeting

Sacramento, California, & Virtual

  • Future of Physics Days events for undergrads
    Wednesday - Friday, April 4-6
  • Mentoring Workshop
    Wednesday, April 4, 1:30pm PT
  • Meet Your Future: Career Panel (livestreamed)
    Fiday, April 5, 10:45am PT

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