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Physics Majors – Where did they go from here?

(updated January 10, 2018)

Classes of 1999 – 2017
Note 1 – students who went on to graduate school went to a physics graduate program unless indicated otherwise
Note 2 – x2 means that two students went to that institution (x2)
Americorps (x2; 1 is planning to attend grad school in cognitive science, the other is planning on grad school in physics after working with elementary/ middle school kids in Buffalo, NY to explore science through experiments)
Avery Dennsion Corp.
Bloomberg LP
Brandeis (x2)
Blue Chip Consulting Group
Brown Univ. (x3)
Cal Tech (x1, 1 in Materials Science and 1 in Math following Fulbright in Dresden)
Cambridge University in UK (1 on Churchill Scholarship & 1 on Gates Scholarship)
Case Western Reserve Univ.  (x19; Entrepreneurship, Electrical Engr.x2, Medical School x3, Business, Engineering & Management x2, Systems & Control, Biomedical Engr., STEP program, lab technician, 1xMS physics STEP, MATH x2, several Ph.D. Physics, 1 working at CWRU farm for a year and then applying to Ph.D. programs in philosophy, 1 working in a biomedical research group)
Centric Consulting
Cleveland State (Masters Education (x2)
Cleveland Clinic
College of William and Mary for Ph.D. in Applied Science of Plasma Physics
Colorado State (x3)
Cornell (x5, 1 in Applied Physics)
Duke (x5, 1 lab manager, 1 in medical physics MS program and then Ph.D., 1 in Radiation Oncology pending medical school)
Eastman School of Music graduate program
Epic Healthcare
Epic Medical Systems (x2)
Federal Bureau of Investigations (Engineering Research Facility/Data Intercept Technology Unit)
GE Lighting
GE Aviation
General Dynamics C4S
Georgetown (x2)
Georgia Tech – computational finance
Harvard (x7, 1 in Applied Physics)
Horizon Science Academy (secondary school teaching)
IBM Burlington
Iowa Democratic Party
Japan – JET program for teaching English
John Carroll Univ. (Masters Education)
Johns Hopkins (x2, 1 in astrophysics)
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (employment)
Live Valuation LLC
Marconi Medical Systems.
Medical Scribe in Washington DC, then medical school
MIT (x2, 1 in Elec.Engr. + 1 in Nuclear Engr.)
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Microsoft in Redmond
NASA – Glenn Research Center (x2, one heading to medical school after a year or two)
NASA – Mission Planner for the International Space Station, Johnson Space Center, Houston TX
Neural Inspire (startup company in K-12 education by a graduating senior)
North Carolina State (x1, Nuclear Engineering)
Northwestern (x3, Applied Mathematics)

Ohio Lumex (in Twinsburg, OH)
Ohio State (x8, 1 in medical school, 1 in chemical physics, 1 in optometry, 1 in astronomy)
Open Systems International
Peace Corps (sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar)
Penn State
Pixel Physics
Purdue (x3, 1 in Materials Engr.)
Quality Electrodynamics (x2)
RHI Refractories – R&D center in Austria
RPI (Applied Math)
Rice (x4, 1 in electrical & computer engr.)
Sogetti USA (IT consultant)
Stanford (x8, 2 in applied physics, 1 in Materials Engr, 1 after TimeOut in New Zealand.)
SunCentric – freelance software engineering
Switzerland – Master’s program
Tech Consultant
Temple Univ.
TTI Floor Care (Solon, OH maker of Hoover, Oreck &Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners)
Univ. Akron
Univ. Arizona (x2, 1 in optics)
UC Berkeley (x6 – 1 in Nuclear Engr., 1 in Materials Science and Eng., 1 in bioengineering, 1 in EE (NSF fellow)
UC Irvine (x5)
UC Davis (x2)
UC Santa Barbara (x2)
UC San Diego
Univ. of Amsterdam for Astronomy Ph.D.
Univ. Chicago (x2, 1 in Chemical Physics)
Univ. Colorado Boulder (x4, 1 in Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences)
Univ. Florida – mathematics
Univ. Hawaii Astronomy Ph.D. program (x2)
Univ. Illinois (x6, 1 in nuclear engr. & 1 in Aerospace Engr.)
Univ. Maryland (x5, 1 for Ph.D. in computer science, 1 in astronomy)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst for an MD/PhD
Univ. Michigan (x5, 1 in Applied Physics, 2 in Nuclear Physics Ph.D. program, 1 in CLimate & Space Sciences)
Univ. Minnesota
University of Munich Germany for M-Environmental Sciences
University of Pennsylvania (x2, in Nursing)
University of Pittsburgh (astrophysics)
University of Rochester (x2)
University of South Florida (MS in Environmental Engr.)
Univ. Texas, A&M (math Ph.D.)
Univ. Texas, Austin (x3,1 for law school)
Univ. Utah
University of Victoria near Vancouver
Univ. Virginia (x3, 1 in pharmacology)
Univ. Washington (MATH)
Univ. Washington, Seattle (x5, after a year off for hiking in Appalachians, 1 in Earth & Space sciences, 1 in Astronomy)
University of Waterloo
Univ. Wisconsin (x3, 1 in nuclear engineering)
US Army – linguist in Arabic
US Navy – (x5, Officer’s Candidate School x2, nuclear engineer x3)
Vanderbilt – materials science and engineering
Washington Univ. St. Louis (x2, 1 in biomedical engineering)
Woods Hole Institute

Since 1999, about 233 CWRU students have responded to our destination survey for graduating physics majors.  The number (and, in parenthesis, approximate %) headed to various types of positions is given below.

Graduate School in Physics or Astronomy                                    108  (46.6%)
Graduate School in Engineering  29  (12.5%)
Graduate School in Math    8   (3.4%)
Graduate School, other than physics, math, astronomy or engineering  11   (4.7%)
Professional School (medical, law, management, pharmacy, etc.)  15   (6.5%)
Education  10   (4.3%)
Industry/Corporate  33  (14.1%)
Government (including government research labs & military)  10   (4.3%)
Non-Profit    8   (3.4%)

The American Institute of Physics publishes national statistics about physics majors.  See Physics Bachelors: One Year After Degree. 
The year after receiving their degree, physics bachelors from the class of 2015 followed one of three main initial career paths:
    41 % were employed (26% private sector, 4% high school teaching, 4% college/university positions, 3% military, 2% government, 2% other
    32 % pursued graduate studies in physics (26%) or astronomy (6%), and
    22 % pursued graduate studies in other fields (10% engineering, 5% other science & math, 3% medicine & law, 2% other.
      5% unemployed and/or seeking employment

Page last modified: January 10, 2018