Physical Sciences

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:

  • 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
  • telecommunications

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:

  • Actuary
  • Biophysicist
  • Chemist
  • Data Analyst
  • Forensic Laboratory Technician
  • Economist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Health & Safety Officer
  • Hydrologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Meteorologist
  • Network Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Programmer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research Associate
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Systems Engineer
  • Water Resource Scientist

Areas of Interest

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information about career options in physical sciences, math, computer science, engineering, business, and management.

Be sure to check out the “Similar Occupations” tab on each page to explore related fields.

Related fields

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.

Visit the ICC and Meet with an Advisor

For further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment. Our advising page has a list of all ICC advisors or you can review the list of undergraduate advisors below: