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Physics, MS - Career Outcomes
Demand is rapidly increasing for talented leaders in the physics-heavy STEM workforce, particularly around the greater Philadelphia-New Jersey-New York area. Employers value the advanced problem-solving abilities of those with a master’s in physics in concentrations such as materials, biotechnology, aerospace and defense, advanced computing, and finance.
Careers in the Private Sector
Your MS degree in physics from USciences will prepare you to launch or advance a career in the private sector, which employs the largest proportion of new physics master graduates, according to the American Institute of Physics. This includes companies ranging in size from multibillion-dollar corporations to smaller startups. The vast majority (over 90%) of these jobs were in STEM fields, with many job titles including terms such as “engineer” and “technician.”
Engineering was the most common STEM field, comprising 45% of physics master’s degree holders employed in the private sector. Almost a quarter of graduates worked in computer and information technology.
Public Sector Possibilities
About a fifth of the employed physics master’s degree holders worked for two- or four-year colleges, universities, or at university affiliated research institutes. These graduates held titles such as instructors, lecturers, researchers, research scientists, and research assistants. The civilian government employed approximately a tenth of degree holders in national labs as well as organizations like the US Patent Office.
Primed for Growth
The employment of biophysicists and biochemists in applied research careers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). That means a greater need for professionals who are ready to develop biological products and processes that improve lives.
Specifically, the growth of data analytics has amplified the need for professional experts in complex systems, as well as chaotic and dynamical systems that are either artificial or emerging from a variety of physical processes. Examples include:
- Theory of Networks
- Nonlinear modeling in physiology
- Chaotic behavior in nano-devices
- Synchronization of chaotic signal for secure communication and medical applications
- Turbulence in production processes and information flow
The USciences MS in Physics Complex Systems track, which addresses these needs, fulfills a unique niche otherwise not available locally or in most MS physics programs nationwide.
Elia V. Eschenazi, PhD
Chair, Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics
McNeil STC, Room 242
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495