The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports physics and astronomy careers will have higher than average job growth in the next decade. Many physics graduates also enter related fields such as material science and medical imaging.
Recent graduates of Penn State Behrend have entered graduate programs in physics, astronomy, material science, and bioengineering at Brown, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, the University of Florida, and Penn State, and then onto working at institutions such as Caltech, Harvard, Cleveland Clinic and McGill University. Other graduates go directly to industry as researchers and engineers. Companies employing our graduates include GE, Northrop Grumman and the Naval Research Labs.
The Academic and Career Planning Center (ACPC) assists students with career and life planning. You may schedule appointments with the ACPC staff to discuss career interests, skills, values, and goal setting, as well as how to find career information, internships, full-time jobs, and graduate schools. Students are encouraged to utilize the services of the ACPC.
Internships and Co-ops
Students in the School of Science can incorporate an internship experience into their academic program. These professional, career-related experiences in an organizational setting are valuable for a student's professional career development, and students may receive academic credit that applies to their degree program.
In addition, Penn State's Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program provides an excellent opportunity for Penn State Behrend students to integrate academic study with relevant experience in the workplace through alternating semesters of work and study.
If you are a student looking for more information on co-op and internship listings and how to apply, please contact your advisor or the Academic and Career Planning Center.