Most physicists work full time, mainly working in theoretical research, applied research, and developmental roles. A master’s degree in physics combines advanced coursework with laboratory research in astrophysics, biophysics, material physics, or nonlinear dynamics. It prepares graduates to work as teachers in educational institutions or as scientists in research and development labs.
Other work areas include Aerospace industry, Business, Computer programmer or analyst, Data analysis, Medicine, Engineering, Defense industry, Information technology, and computer software, Manufacturing.
As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data of May 2019, the mean annual wage for physicists was $131,080. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $62,470, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $201,990.
The BLS has projected that from 2018-2028, jobs for physicists would increase by 9%.
M.S. in Physics graduates may choose to pursue more advanced education in the form of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physics. Students may also take additional courses to specialize in a particular area of the field, such as molecular physics or instrumentation and engineering physics.