Alumni Careers

Our alumni are a talented bunch. A degree in Physics opens the door to a wide variety of careers in the sciences, engineering and technology, software, education, and even medecine and law. Just peruse the list below of some of our alumni job titles to get a feel for what you might be able to achieve with a bachelor's degree in physics!

Argonne National Laboratory


Mr. Floyd C. Bennett
Supervisor
Technical Communication Services Division

Mr. Kenneth J. Volin
Scientific Associate

Defense Mapping Agency and Aerospace Center


Mr. Nathan P. Kemling
Geodecist
Mr. Henry V. Taber
Cartographer

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory


Ms. Sharon J. McManus
Mr. Martin J. Murphy
Operators

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency


Mr. James E. Sloan
Environmental Protection Engineer

Naval Air Warfare Center--ADI Indianapolis


Mr. Robert D. Stoffel
Engineer
Federal Agency Systems Division

Sverdrup Technologies, Incorporated


Ms. Amy A. Lautenschlager
Engineer

Abbott Laboratories


Mr. Brian A. Troemel
Senior Analyst

Andersen Consulting


Ms. Gail M. Pasquini
Manager

Caterpillar, Incorporated


Mr. P. Anthony Phillips
Computer Systems Analyst

Mr. Rodney J. Gillette
Project Engineer

Mr. Gregory S. Peine
Test Engineer

Claude H. Hurley Company


Dd W. Gernant
Department Head, GEO Technical Engineering Division

Electronic Data Systems (EDS)


Mr. David E. McAtee
Advanced Systems Engineer

Great Lakes Analytical


Mr. Peter Y. Hui
Environmental Scientist

Lucent Technologies


Dr. Richard M. Robertson
Software Engineer and Computer Programmer
Member of the Technical Staff (MTS)

GTE Telephone Operations


Mr. William D. Sprague
Manager
Network Planning and Engineering

Honeywell, Incorporated


Mr. Daniel L. Sittler
Production Engineer

Illinois Power Company


Ms. Anita R. Munden
Human Resources Advisor

Illinois Power Company--Clinton Nuclear Power Plant


Mr. Donald W. Waddell
Director of Resource Management, Engineering Department

INTEL Corporation


Mr. Harvey M. Andersen, III
Staff Engineer

Kaiser Optical Systems, Incorporated


Mr. Adrian C. Delforge
Vice-President, Engineering Division

Little Fuse Corporation


Mr. John S. Talkington
Productivity Systems Engineer

Maytag International


Mr. Robert C. Shears
Vice-President, Finance and Administration

Memorial Medical Center


Mr. Randy B. Maxey
Director, Medical Physics Department

Meridian Technology Corporation


Mr. Gary R. Liming
Vice-President, Engineering Division

Motorola Corporation


Mr. James R. Stamm
Software Engineer

Network Systems--MPG


Mr. Neil O. Whittington
Vice-President, Wireless Data Technologies

Raytheon Company


Mr. Christopher E. Butrym
Electronics Hardware Designer

United Airlines


Mr. Kerry R. Pollock
Computer Production Operator

City Colleges of Chicago


Mr. Taylor A. Cisco, Jr.
Manager of Program Compliance

East Peoria Community High School


Mr. Nerio J. Calgaro
Physics Teacher

Elk Grove High School


Mr. David L. Buchheit
Physics and Chemistry Teacher

Westfield High School


Ms. Mari Lynn Schemel
Physics Teacher

Homewood-Flossmoor High School


Mr. Brian F. McCarthy
Physics Teacher

J.B. Conant High School


Mr. Philip G. Winter
Physics Teacher

Joliet Township High School


Mr. William C. Blunk
Physics Teacher

LaDue Horton Watkins High School


Mr. Anthony F. Kardis
Science Department Chairperson

Lincoln-Way East Community High School


Mr. Hans E. Muehsler
Physics Teacher

Lyons Township High School (North)


Mr. Charles M. Adamovic
Assistant Division Chair for Math & Science

Maine East Township High School


Mr. James W. Vokac
Science Department Chair

Maine West Township High School


Mr. Marshall M. Ellenstein
Physics Teacher

Metamora High School


Mr. Gregory J. Hnilicka,
Physics Teacher

Mr. David P. Toniny
Physics and Chemistry Teacher

The Ohio State University


Dr. Patricia M. Schwirian
Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Joseph A. Martindale
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Palatine High School


Mr. James A. Teff
Physics Teacher

Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Bruce A. Albrecht
Professor of Meteorology

Rice University


Dr. C. Robert O'Dell
Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics

Dr. O'Dell

Dr. O'Dell received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Illinois State University in 1997 for his work with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Rochelle Township High School


Mr. Brian E. Elmer
Physics Teacher

Rush Presbyterian / St. Luke's Medical Center


Dr. Peter M. Meyer
Scientist and Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine

San Diego Supercomputer Center


Mr. Michael Y. Wan
Principal Scientist

Schaumburg High School


Mr. Chad M. Hager
Physics Teacher

St. Charles High School


Mr. John T. Connell
Physics Teacher

Structural Laminates Company (ALCOA)


Mr. Carl E. Gareshe'
Operations Manager

United Space Alliance--Rockwell Corporation


Mr. Jeffery T. Fitch
Electrical Engineer

Jane Addams Middle School


Mr. Christopher S. Schaeflein
Principal

Warren Township High School


Mr. Robert L. Taylor
Physics and Mathematics Teacher


According to the American Physical Society,

  • about 42% of physics majors go straight into the workforce
  • about 36% of physics majors go to graduate school in physics or astronomy
  • about 22% of physics majors go to graduate school in engineering or professional school in law or medicine
Find much more information about careers in physics at the APS physics careers website.