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More than 60% of Physics Students Find Employment in the Private Sector

Physicists in industry have made possible the technological advances of modern products that make our lives safer, better, and easier as well as improving the security and infrastructure of our nation.

APS is committed to engaging industrial physicists with a staff member dedicated to developing and managing programs serving industrial physicists and to educating students about jobs in industry.

APS is Committed to Serving Industrial Members of the Physics Community

  • Career advice and support for student physicist through retired physicists
  • Collaborate and network with physicists from the U.S. largest physics member organization
  • Dedicated Industrial Physicist Mentoring program
  • Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics - one of APS’ largest units
  • Specialized Industry Days Program at APS March Meeting - APS’ largest meeting - that focuses on the physics applications to industrial products and processes
  • Physics Accelerator - a program consisting of webinars, workshops, and job fairs to assist early career physicists to become successful in private sector industrial organizations
  • Special honors and prizes which recognize accomplishments in industrial and applied physics
  • A dedicated Industrial Engagement Director to assist both physicists and industrial organizations
  • APS supports industrial physicists through its dedicated public policy group - Office of Government Affairs

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Careers in Industrial Physics

The very best place to get information about embarking on a career in industrial physics can be found on the APS’ Careers in Physics page. Two resources focused on industrial physics careers that can be found there are:

  • Industrial Mentoring for Physics – a mentoring site which connects students and postdocs from around the world to industry mentors. Learn more
  • APS Webinars Success in industry Careers – which exposes physicists to the skills necessary for success in industry which are not usually taught during their undergraduate and graduate education. Learn more

APS Forum on Industrial & Applied Physics

APS FIAP is one of the largest APS units with almost 5,000 members. The unit's objective is to enhance the Society's ability to meet the needs of the industrial and applied physics community, and help the Society take advantage of the evolving opportunities in the practice and application of physics. Join FIAP!

Industrial Physics Advisory Board

The Industrial Physics Advisory Board (IndBoard) advises APS on issues affecting industrial physics and is composed of physicists working in both the private sector and in academia providing career advice to their students. Advising the Office of Government Affairs on how government policy affects the private sector is another key contribution. Learn more