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.
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
Evaluate theoretical models
Employ strong computer skills
Improve numerical computation skills
Modeling or Simulation
Numerical computation skills
Process information quickly
Recognize and interpret data
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
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
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.
Applied research & development
Canadian Armed Forces
Atmospheric environment services
Computer science industry
Department of Agriculture
Department of National Defense
Electrical equipment companies
Engineering consulting firms
Environmental protection agencies
Medical equipment manufacturers
National Energy Board
Natural Resources Canada
Public works departments
Research & development
Standards Council of Canada
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
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.
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
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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 workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.