For several months we have been examining career paths of new physics bachelor’s degree recipients who enter the workforce upon graduation. More physics bachelor’s degree recipients go on to graduate school than enter the workforce. About 60% of those going to graduate school enter a physics or astronomy program, and the rest go to graduate school in some other discipline. Ultimately, about one physics bachelor’s degree recipient in six will earn a PhD in physics.

Students who aspire to earn a PhD in physics can now learn where physics PhD recipients work after graduation using our new resource: Who’s Hiring Physics PhDs? ( In addition to showing employer names, this resource also provides data on job titles, sectors, and skills frequently used by physics PhDs working in each field.

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