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Career Development and Opportunities

As physicists you have the opportunity to work both in the industry or in the academia. The expectations of each career path can differ a lot and, to help you get into the workforce, we list on this page some resources that can help improve your career, decide whether to work in industry or academia, learn about what you can do as a physicist, find jobs and more.

Also, always feel free to contact us and talk to staff and all faculty members about your career and CV development.

The Physics Co-op program allows you to work while you study to gain practical experience as a physicist working in the industry and to broaden your career opportunities upon graduation.

The program is offered to students who are enrolled in all of the B.Sc. Major, Specialization, and Honours programs in Physics. More details are available on the program page.

Throughout your studies and future employment, in addition to your intellectual, research and technical skills that can be measured, you will need to develop soft skills. Even though they are difficult to quantify, they can improve a lot your chances of being successful.

Below you will find a list of resources that can help you improve your skills in communication, organization, interpersonal relations, leadership and many other soft and hard skills, like programming and bibliography management, for example.

As a physics graduate, in addition to the academia, you can also work in the industry on a great variety of fields that range from healthcare to aerospace and also IT, artificial intelligence, materials, energy and many others. In what follows you will find a small selection of fields and related local companies that hire physicists.

Artificial Intelligence
Data Collection/Analysis
Optics and Photonics
Quantum Computing
  • Agilent (chemical analysis: food, environmental and forensics, pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, energy)
  • CAE (civil aviation, defence and security, healthcare)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (biology, chemistry, climatology, engineering, environmental sciences, hydrology, informatics, library science, meteorology)
  • GE Canada (aviation, financial services, energy, renewable energy, information technology, healthcare, lighting, oil and gas, transportation)
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Teledyne DALSA (digital imaging, electronic imaging components, semiconductor fabrication)
  • Thales Group (aerospace, space, transportation, defence, security)
  • The Washington Center (academia related)
  • University Incubators (e.g. District 3 at Concordia)
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