Careers

Doctoral students leave the program as well-trained physicists and pursue academic positions in universities and research institutions. Others opt for careers as research scientists in government or industrial laboratories.  

    Career Services

    Office of Student Professional Development

    The College of Science and Technology Office of Student Professional Development offers assistance to students as they navigate the search for postgraduate positions and research opportunities. The college also hosts job fairs, networking events and workshops.

    Learn more about the Office of Student Professional Development.

    Job Fairs

    The College of Science and Technology job fairs, held each fall and spring semester, are open to undergraduate and master’s-level science and technology majors, as well as alumni of the college. Job fairs typically draw more than 60 employers, including Apex Life Science, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, Elsevier, Lockheed Martin, and the Wistar Institute.

    The job fairs give you opportunities to

    • explore potential career paths,
    • network with Temple alumni and
    • talk to employers in your field of study.

    Learn more about the College of Science and Technology job fairs.

    University Career Center

    You can visit Temple University’s Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence. You’ll have access to

    Outcomes

    Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Physics PhD may include the following examples.

    Career

    Median Salary*

    Atmospheric & Space Scientists

    $92,070.00

    Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, & Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

    $87,380.00

    Environmental Scientists & Specialists, Including Health

    $69,400.00

    Materials Scientists

    $99,530.00

    Mathematicians

    $103,010.00

    Medical Scientists

    $82,090.00

    Natural Sciences Managers

    $118,970.00

    Nuclear Engineers

    $105,810.00

    Physicists

    $118,830.00

    Soil & Plant Scientists

    $62,430.00

    * Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).