Physical Science

Career Guide

The field of physical science is the study of the physics and chemistry of nature. Positions in this field work in laboratories, conduct experiments, analyze findings, operate necessary equipment, and develop tests and theories in a private research laboratory, government agency, or as a teacher.

Designing your major

Your major may be indirectly or directly related to your career choice, and it’s only one of many pieces to finding a good career fit. There are many majors that are related to physical science, including:

Learn about careers in the field

  • Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Geographer
  • Geospatial Information Scientists
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Industrial Ecologists
  • Park Naturalist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Hydrologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Geophysical Data Technicians
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Surveyor
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  • Park Ranger
  • Conservation Scientists & Foresters
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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering in the community has many benefits for the community and for your personal and professional development. How can you use your knowledge and skills to make a difference?

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Interested in graduate school?

In this field, some common graduate school programs may include bioengineering, meterology, quantum physics, ecology, and many more!

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There are many ways to explore careers, through research, gaining experience, and talking with other people. Your career coach is here to mentor you and help you find ways to explore that fit you best.