Introducing the Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students

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Introducing the Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students


Kendra Redmond, SPS Programs Manager

Students who complete an undergraduate degree in physics are unique. They learn to solve difficult theoretical constructs, master hands-on experimental techniques, wrangle data acquisition and analysis, and develop skills in error analysis, technical writing, computer programming, and more. These experiences develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to nearly any kind of challenging situation.

A physics bachelor’s degree is excellent preparation for a variety of careers. The opportunities for physics students outside of physics academia abound. However, physics students face two significant obstacles in pursing those careers: knowing their options and describing their qualifications to those unfamiliar with the undergraduate physics experience. Through the American Institute of Physics Career Pathways Project, the Society of Physics Students created the Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students. It includes eight tools for addressing these challenges, highlighted below, complete with exercises and tips.

To explore the toolbox online, visit 

Tool #1: Common Job Titles

 Tool #2: Informational Interviews

Tool #3: Networking

Tool #4: Knowing Your Skills

Tool #5: Effective Job Searching

Tool #6: Building The Resume

Tool #7: Writing An Effective Cover Letter

Tool #8: Acing The Interview

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