Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Physics graduates are highly sought-after employees, as they gain training an skills in a wide variety of areas. A physics education provides fundamental skills such as problem solving and abstract thinking, as well as training in many high tech areas such as optics, lasers, computer interfacing, image processing and electronics. These varied skill-sets make for very desirable employees in high tech companies, as well as in a wide variety of other fields:

  • Research and Development
  • Teaching
  • Computing
  • Health Sciences
  • Management and administration
  • Product Development
  • Consulting
  • Sales and Marketing

For more information and ideas on careers in physics, please visit the website of The Canadian Association of Physicists.

Our astronomy courses offer you a first contact with professional astronomy, and a chance to decide if you want to pursue a career in the field.  Astronomy is a demanding field with many candidates and few job opportunities in academia, but graduate students easily find jobs in related subjects:

  • medical imagery
  • computer sciences
  • science outreach
  • space industry
  • teaching
  • mathematical finance

UBC and UVic offer undergraduate programs in astronomy and physics & astronomy.