Skip to main content


What can I do with my degree in Physics?

About the program

Whether you are beginning your career as an undergraduate or you are undertaking studies at the graduate or postdoctoral level, Concordia’s Department of Physics is a great place to deepen your understanding of the world. The teaching and research in the department focus on experimental, theoretical, and computational physics skills needed in many areas of science, industry, and society.

For the latest information on programs, visit the Department of Physics.

Skills developed

As a student in Physics, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.

  • Apply theoretical approaches to research problems  
  • Concentrate and pay attention to details  
  • Demonstrate analytical and quantitative skills  
  • Design experiments  
  • Evaluate theoretical models
  • Employ strong computer skills 
  • Improve numerical computation skills  
  • Investigation Skills
  • Modeling or Simulation
  • Numerical computation skills  
  • Process information quickly
  • Recognize and interpret data  
  • Synthesize information

  • Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
  • Write technical reports and essay
  • Interact with others and build professional relationships

  • Manage tasks and meet deadlines 
  • Work under pressure 
  • Make decisions and use sound judgement

  • Manage conflict
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Lead and follow
  • Negotiate

  • Analyze and evaluate information 
  • Understand complex problems and identify solutions

Potential work settings

Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study. 

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Aircraft industry
  • Applied research & development
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Atmospheric environment services
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Cybersecurity
  • Programming
  • Manufacturers
  • Computer science industry
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of National Defense
  • Data science
  • Educational institutions
  • Electrical equipment companies
  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Government 
  • Healthcare sector
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturers
  • Materials supply
  • Medical equipment manufacturers
  • Mining
  • National Energy Board
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Nuclear plants
  • Observatories
  • Optics/electronics
  • Petroleum
  • Planetariums
  • Police departments
  • Public works departments
  • Research & development
  • Standards Council of Canada
  • Telecommunications
  • Testing labs

What jobs can a Bachelor’s degree in Physics lead to?

Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Accelerator operator
  • Aeronautical technologist
  • Aircraft maintenance technician 
  • Aircraft structure technician
  • Automotive designer
  • Avionics technician 
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Construction consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Electrical power plant operator
  • Environmental analyst
  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Geodetic technologist 
  • Geological technologist
  • Geophysicist trainee 
  • Hazardous materials officer/manager
  • Heating designer
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologist
  • Industrial designer/consultant
  • Information systems analyst/specialist
  • Instrument designer/technician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Machine designer
  • Management consultant
  • Marine engineering technologist
  • Materials researcher/tester
  • Mechanical engineering technician technologist
  • Medical products designer
  • Metallurgical technician
  • Meteorologist 
  • Mold designer
  • Nuclear medical technologist
  • Optical technician
  • Pollution analyst 
  • Pollution control technologist
  • Production assistant
  • Quality control/quality assurance specialist
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Radiation safety technician
  • Remote sensing technician
  • Risk specialist
  • Robotics technician
  • Satellite development
  • Scientific illustrator
  • Systems analyst
  • Technical sales representative 
  • Technical support specialist
  • Thermal station technician
  • Tool designer
  • Water quality inspector

  • Correspondent
  • Customs inspector
  • Officer
  • Patent agent
  • Policy analyst

  • Academic advisor
  • Research assistant 
  • Research consultant
  • Science educator
  • Scientific editor
  • Technical writer
  • Tutor 
  • Undergraduate program advisor

Jobs and career possibilities with a Master's and PhD in Physics

The job titles listed below are examples of careers requiring further education such as an MA or PhD degree, a second bachelor degree, a certificate or a graduate diploma and relevant work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Acoustics physicist 
  • Aerodynamicist 
  • Aeronautical engineer 
  • Aerospace engineer 
  • Air traffic controller 
  • Architect 
  • Astronaut
  • Astronomer 
  • Astrophysicist 
  • Atomic physicist 
  • Biophysicist 
  • Cardiac imaging researcher
  • Chemical physicist 
  • Cosmologist 
  • Engineering scientist 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Fluid physicist 
  • Forensic scientist  
  • Hydrologist 
  • Geophysicist
  • Medical physicist  
  • Meteorologist
  • Molecular biophysicist  
  • Nuclear engineer 
  • Nuclear physicist  
  • Oceanographer  
  • Optometrist  
  • Physicist  
  • Plasma physicist  
  • Radiation scientist  
  • Robotics engineer  
  • Sales engineer
  • Scientist  
  • Seismologist  
  • Stratigrapher 
  • University professor/teacher

Start your job search

Explore career options

Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:

Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.

Field of study – Government of Canada Job Bank : Find out about employment rates, wages and the types of jobs related to a specific field of study.

Search job titles or companies - LinkedIn: Search by job title or field of study. You can also find out what type of positions individuals with the same degree as you have occupied.

Career Cruising

Explore your interests, learn about careers and find jobs on the Career Cruising website. Find the link and login information in the Student Hub's My CU Account.

Search for jobs

Browse the websites below to find jobs available in Quebec and Canada related to your field of study. You can also search the CAPS online job bank or find employers in Canada that hire new graduates in your field.

Book an appointment 

To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.

To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345

*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service

Networking  and professional associations

Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshopscareer fairs or career panels to get a head start.

Here are a few recommended sites:

Contact us

514-848-2424, ext. 3921 / 7345
See all SSC contacts


Sir George Williams Campus
Room H-745

Loyola Campus
Room AD-103

Office hours

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Back to top

© Concordia University