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Florida Tech's UTeach program allows you to take a dual degree in this program plus STEM Education, so you'll graduate ready for graduate school, a high-tech job or a rewarding teaching career.

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Florida Tech AccoladeFlorida Tech is ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013 edition of "Best Colleges."

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Florida Tech Fiske Guide to CollegesFlorida Tech is one of just nine public and private schools in Florida recognized by the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The Fiske Guide places Florida Tech in the "inexpensive" category for private schools and lists it under the heading, "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes."

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Careers in Physics

The physics program at Florida Tech has set the standard since 1958, successfully preparing students for high-tech careers at top space agencies and research firms. Located on Florida's Space Coast, just 60 miles from America's spaceport, the Kennedy Space Center, there is no better place to prepare for physics careers than Florida Tech. Ours is one of the largest and most diverse undergraduate programs in the country.

If working at space agencies, doing critical research and development or meeting some of the world's biggest challenges interests you, then a Bachelor's of Science in Physics from Florida Tech is what you need to succeed. Physics careers are waiting for graduates who are able to demonstrate an understanding of the physical world on a fundamental level.

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things.

Scientific research and development services firms and the Federal Government employ a large percentage of all physicists and astronomers, with most jobs in research, usually requiring a doctoral degree. Bachelor's degree holders often find physics careers as research assistants and technicians. The outlook for physics careers is expected to grow by 14% through 2020. Check the handbook for a list of career options or similar occupations.

Career Options

With the acquisition and development of proficiency in mathematics, experimental laboratory and problem-solving skills, Florida Tech graduates are prepared to engage in physics careers such as:

  • Physicist
  • Astronomer
  • Biophysicist (Doctoral or professional degree required)
  • Chemical and Material Scientist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialist
  • Geoscientist
  • Mathematician
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Postsecondary Teacher (Doctoral or professional degree required)

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level physics salaries are reported by PayScale.com (an online salary information company providing real-time information on job market compensation) to be $51,200 with earning potential to $99,100.

Other physics careers provide salary potential such as:

Civil Engineer: $53,800 - $88,800
Materials Scientist: $60,100 - $91,900
Nuclear Engineer: $66,800 - $107,000

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Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates

Physics careers are available with employers such as:

  • Harris Corp.
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Boeing
  • DRS Optronics
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • NASA Goddard
  • Space Telescopic Science Institute

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

Physics careers can be pursued immediately after graduation or after additional study to attain a master's, doctoral or law degree. In fact, more than half of the physics degree students pursue graduate degrees after graduating from Florida Tech, going to such schools as:

  • Auburn University
  • CalTech
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Georgia Tech
  • Ohio State University
  • Rice
  • University of Florida
  • University of Texas
  • Yale