University of Vermont

CAS Physics Major


Alumni with a degree in Physics pursue a wide variety of careers, both directly and indirectly related to their course of study. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Physics.


Job Title

Career Industry

Resident Medicine
Physics Teacher Secondary Education
Programmer Analyst Higher Education
Science Teacher Secondary Education
Development Engineer Manufacturing
Systems Engineer Mechanical Engineering
Senior Application Scientist Technology
Self Employed Venture Capital
Programmer Technology
Finance Manager Financial Planning
Adjunct Instructor Higher Education
Navy Captain US Government
Advisory Engineer Technology
Computer Specialist Technology
Home Restoration Specialist Construction
Senior Research Assistant Scientific Research


Recent Employers

IBM Corporation United States Government
Norwich Corporation National Weather Service
Lockheed Market Corporation Veeco Instruments Inc.
Juniper Networks Karl Suss
General Dynamics ATP Burlington High School
Duke University Medical Center

Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Physics

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

See relationships between different factors and draw logical conclusions from information observed
Define problems and develop research models 

Precision and attention to detail
Generating ideas and experimental projects

Ability to explain and inform through technical reports and verbal presentations

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Gather and interpret information and data from experiments
Use mathematical formulas for precise calculations

Establish experimental designs and develop equipment to measure relationships and data
Develop and test theories

Maintain and organize data and materials
Review and summarize literature in order to better understand problems

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Ability to work in groups in order to develop and test hypotheses
Provide clear instructions

Gathering and analyzing data to make assessments

Solving complex quantitative problems
Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and optical equipment


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