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What Can I Do With This Physics Degree?


Physicists are problem solvers. They investigate phenomena, develop theories and test through experimentation. With a degree in physics from University of the Cumberlands, you’ll have the skills you need to pursue a job as a physicist, research physicist or research scientist. Job growth in the industry is projected to grow 8 percent by 2030, with an annual average wage of $147,450.

Education – Teacher2,3

With the right certification, you could teach high school physics, a field projected to grow 8 percent over the next several years, averaging a median salary of $61,820 a year. Or pass along what you’ve learned to an older student base and teach at a college or university level. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.

Natural Sciences Manager4

Or use your education as a springboard into the field of scientific study as a Natural Sciences Manager where the salary averages $137,900 per year.


  • Biophysics Scientist
  • Physicist
  • Research Scientist
  • Physics Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Physics Professor
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Environmental Program Manager
  • Health Sciences Manager

"$147,450" Median Annual Pay for Physicists1

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