- aerospace and defense industry
- agriculture industry
- banking and finance industry
- biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
- business and management
- chemical and petroleum industry
- computer hardware and software fields
- education and teaching
- electrical and semiconductor industry
- environmental and energy fields
- food and beverage industry
- medical field
The field of physical sciences provides career opportunities in a wide range of industries and fields. Opportunities can include consulting, product development, design, research, marketing, sales and project management. Candidates with degrees in physical sciences can work in the following industries:
You can build the skills needed to pursue a career in engineering and computer sciences through coursework, hands-on experience beyond the classroom including student organizations, undergraduate research projects, jobs and internships. It is best to find a career that will fit your own unique interests, skills, and values.
Some possible job titles include:
- Data Analyst
- Forensic Laboratory Technician
- Environmental Scientist
- Health & Safety Officer
- Laboratory Technician
- Network Engineer
- Quality Engineer
- Research Associate
- Software Engineer
- Systems Engineer
- Water Resource Scientist
Areas of Interest
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If you have an interest in a physical sciences career you may be interested in exploring biological sciences, planning and development, education and teaching, law and policy, government, international and nonprofit.
To find out where fellow Aggies interned and found employment by major, use the ICC data pages.
Student organizations are a great place to connect with others exploring similar career interests. Use the keyword search in the Center for Student Involvement’s OrgSync database to find student organizations that relate to your interests.
Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral scholars can participate in and take on leadership roles in campus organizations such as the Graduate Student Association, Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board and the Postdoctoral Scholar’s Association.
Joining professional associations related to the industry you are interested in provides access to professionals in the field, and networking opportunities which can lead to potential jobs and internships. Many national associations have state and local chapters you can join. Involvement in associations can also provide you insider updates on industry trends and best practices. One of the best ways to identify relevant associations is to search for them online, but we have provided some resources below to get you started. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
- American Chemistry Society
- American Geologic Society of America
- American Geosciences Institute
- American Institute of Physics
- American Mathematical Society
- American Physical Society
- American Statistical Association
- Association of Computing Machinery
- Sacramento Area Regional Technology Association
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If you need further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment.