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Careers - Applied Physics Degree

What Can I Do With An Applied Physics Degree?

Physicists and Astronomers1

With a degree in applied physics from University of the Cumberlands, you’ll have the skills you need to pursue a job as a physicist or scientist. Job growth in the industry is projected to grow 8 percent by 2030, with an annual average wage of $147,450.

Maybe your bachelor’s is just the first step … many graduates of the fine arts program go on to pursue additional certifications or degrees to explore careers in graphic design, advertising or even art therapy.

Engineering Manager2

Your degree also sets you up for success in pursuit of an engineering career. In the field of Engineering, managers average a median wage of $152,350 per year with a steady projected growth rate of 4 percent over the next decade.

Alternative Careers3,4

You could also use your degree to teach at a college level, passing along what you’ve learned. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade. Or use your education to pursue a career in another field of science: Natural Sciences Managers average $137,900 per year.


  • Health Physicist
  • Physicist
  • Research Consultant
  • Engineering Manager
  • Laser Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Adjunct Physics Professor
  • Engineering Professor
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Natural Sciences Manager

"$152,350" Median Annual Pay for Engineering Managers2

1Physicists and Astronomers
2Engineering Managers
3Postsecondary Teachers
4Natural Sciences Managers