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Careers in Premed Physics

People interested in medical school usually focus on degrees associated with being a doctor, such as chemistry and biology. There is another degree available to those following steps to become a doctor. A graduate from Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's of Science from the premed program in physics completes the courses necessary to meet the entrance requirements of essentially all schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry and optometry.

Career Outlook

To get a better idea of the careers available to those who take the steps to becoming a doctor, the Occupational Outlook Handbook can help. 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.

According to the bureau, employment of physicians and surgeons is expected to grow by 24 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be good for physicians willing to practice in rural and low-income areas, because these areas typically have difficulty attracting doctors. Wages of physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations.

There are other options with a premed degree in physics besides following the steps to becoming a doctor. While other careers in healthcare are also growing, related non-medical occupations such as nuclear engineering, geoscience or biophysics also provide job growth over the next decade. Check the handbook for a list of different career options and the job outlook.

Career Options

Graduates of the premedical physics program are well prepared for entry-level positions as research scientists in a variety of industries. Premedical physics alumni have gone on to positions in health care/medicine, education, research, and the space industry. For those students who ultimately follow the steps to becoming a doctor or other careers in medicine, career opportunities include:

  • Physician and Surgeon
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist
  • Veterinarian
  • Medical Scientist
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technician
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Medical Scientist

For those students not interested in a medical career, a premed physics degree can lead to careers such as:

  • Biophysicist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Post-Secondary Teacher

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level salaries with a premed physics degree 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. For those individuals who took the steps to becoming a doctor, the salary varies widely depending on the region of the country and the specialty of your practice. Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on this and other careers.

Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates

For those individuals not interested in taking the steps to becoming a doctor, physics graduates typically enter the workforce in one of any number of high-tech corporations that have R&D divisions, including:

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

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

For those seriously interested in taking steps to becoming a doctor, the following schools are among those that have accepted Florida Tech students with premedical physics degrees into graduate programs:

  • Auburn University
  • Cal Tech
  • Dartmouth University
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Georgia Tech
  • Rice
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • UCLA
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Florida
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale

Whether you are interested in the steps to becoming a doctor, or in another physics career, Florida Tech is a perfect choice for high-quality education for a premed physics degree.