APS Career Programs Intern
American Physical Society
Many undergraduates in physics see graduate school as the ultimate goal of their education. However, the majority of physics Bachelors find employment outside of academia. Physics training encompasses a diverse set of skills—physics degree holders at all levels are highly employable in the private and government sectors, which may require a different type of skill set than academia. To investigate this point, my work this summer has focused on extracting desirable skills based on sector and degree requirements from the data available to APS. Over the course of my internship, I developed a program to collect and process APS Job Board postings, exporting common keywords that may hold significance, based on a variety of factors. The board pools job postings in various job sectors from APS and partner societies, including Physics Today, SPS, AAPM, and IEEE Computing. In collaboration with my mentor, I took this data and found the most relevant keywords to analyze. In this presentation, I will explain my approach and present the results of the APS job board analysis.
I am a rising junior at Lycoming College majoring in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Computer Science. Since my first stargazing trip with our chapter, I knew I had found my home with SPS. I am heavily involved with my local SPS chapter and served as president this past academic year—I hope to continue my involvement throughout my time in academica. Outside of SPS, I am an resident assistant, math/subject tutor, student senator, and lab assistant.
My career plans are a work in progress, but I have found particular interest in the areas science where Physics and Chemistry overlap. I'm unsure what specific field I wish to pursue, but I hope to clarify my plans with research experience and future coursework. In my free time, I enjoy working with computers, skiing, and biking with friends.