What Can I Do With a Major In Physics and Astronomy?
UGA Specific Information for Physics and Astronomy
A branch of the physical sciences, physics is the study of energy and the behavior of single atoms and their component pieces. Physicists consider themselves the most fundamental of scientists for they examine the basic laws of our universe and apply these laws to explain the behavior of increasingly more complex systems. The same underlying principle describes the behavior of atoms, lasers, living cells, and galaxies. Physicists seek to study and understand what happens when atoms and subatomic particles break down and assemble, how they react to collisions with each other and to electro- magnetic radiation, so it is at the base of all modern science and technology, and even at an elementary level this fundamental nature can be appreciated.
The Physics and Astronomy major combines the fundamental study of physics with observational astronomy and astrophysics. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to current astronomical and astrophysical problems and on individual research.Emphasis on research and development related to space travel has increased dramatically in recent decades, including work in both the private and public sectors. Astronomers using the core skills of the physicist are at the forefront of these movements.
Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Physics and Astronomy*
** Includes Self-Employed
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- Job Boards and Career Resources Compiled by the UGA Physics & Astronomy Department
- The American Astronomical Society (AAS)
- National Optical Astronomy Observatory
- International Astronomical Union
- Physics and Astronomy Job Hunting Resources
- American Physical Society Careers/Employment Information
- Physics Today
- USAJobs.gov (job board for federal agencies - consider visiting the "Students and Recent Graduates" portal)
- American Astronomical Society
- American Institute of Physics (AIP)
- Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
- International Astronomical Union
- Nat. Academy of Sci. Board on Physics and Astronomy
- American Physical Society (APS)
- American Journal of Physics
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The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Physics and Astronomy - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**
|Duke University||Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, MEMS||University of Georgia||Physics, PhD; Science Education, MAT|