The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major.
Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to
these options alone when choosing a possible career path.
Description of Physics & Astronomy
A branch of the physical sciences, physics is the study of energy and the behavior of single atoms and their component
pieces. Physicists consider themselves the most fundamental of scientists for they examine the basic laws of our universe
and apply these laws to explain the behavior of increasingly more complex systems. The same underlying principles
describe the behavior of atoms, lasers, living cells, and galaxies. Physicists seek to study and understand what happens
when atoms and subatomic particles break down and assemble, how they react to collisions with each other and to electro-
magnetic radiation, so it is at the base of all modern science and technology, and even at an elementary level this
fundamental nature can be appreciated. Moving out into the heavens and the study of the celestial bodies has virtually
exploded during the last 50 years. Humans are on the moon in space and visiting the outside planets. Astronomers using
all of the basics of the physicist are at the forefront of these movements.
Possible Job Titles of Physics Graduates
(*Jobs secured as reported by UGA Career Center post-graduate survey)