Dynamic Careers in Physics

The study of Physics can be a gateway to a whole world of career possibilities. The skills you learn at FHSU will help you develop innovative solutions to complicated problems in the world of Physics and beyond. Here’s an idea of what you can do once you graduate.

Our alumni have taken positions in the entire gambit of physics-related careers, including:

  • Research assistant for the Air Force at Northrop Grumman
  • Project engineer at Hospira pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Nuclear Myocardial Perfusion Technician with U.S. Heart Care
  • Teachers in schools around the state of Kansas

Several alumni have chosen to deepen their study of physics by going into Ph.D. programs at universities like Texas A & M and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

The study of Physics also prepares you for many relevant careers in all fields, which tackle society’s problems.

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Computer Programmer
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Nuclear Power Plant Project Manager
  • Science Writer
  • Seismologist

For more information about careers for Physics majors, visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center Web site or contact the Department of Physics to speak with a faculty advisor. What change will you envision for the world?

FHSU Physics graduates - out in the world


Kate (Denning) Gaudry (2002)

Patent Scientist
Knobbe Martens Olsons and Bear LLP
San Diego, CA
After graduating from FHSU, I began working on my Ph.D. in computational neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego. I applied my physics knowledge and computer programming skills to create computational models and analyze neurological experimental data to address neural coding questions. After graduate school, I began work as a patent scientist at Knobbe Martens Olsons and Bear LLP. I participate in patent prosecution across subjects, including optics, biotechnology and nanotechnology. My knowledge and skills learned at FHSU were valuable both as a graduate student and as a patent scientist.
Blake Eisenhour (2008)

Operations & Maintenance Technician
NAES Corporation
Hays, KS
NAES is a leading provider of proven, cost-effective, third-party operations and maintenance (O&M) services. We produce more than 35,000 MW of power worldwide. In the last year Midwest Energy built a brand new, state of the art, 62 Million dollar facility outside of Hays and contracted NAES to operate and maintain the new plant. The timing of my graduation and the plant opening was perfect, and I am working my way up to a successful career in the energy field. I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to FHSU and particularly the FHSU physics department and faculty. The education I obtained from FHSU has benefited me greatly, allowed me to reach my goals and utilize my knowledge in a field that I am passionate about. I feel that my success in the workforce is due in large part to the education I received from the FHSU Physics Department. The faculty has given me the ability to better use my problem solving and critical thinking skills that I now depend on every day at my new profession.
Joan Dreiling (2008)
Graduate Student
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
In fall 2008, I started a Ph.D. program in physics at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. While at FHSU, I completed two internships: University of Colorado, Boulder - Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA - Science Undergraduate Laboratory. These were crucial in confirming my desire to obtain a graduate education in physics. They provided me with additional lab experience and increased confidence in my ability to conduct scientific research. I was involved in Society of Physics Students, Astronomy Club, MACS Club, and Sigma Pi Sigma, Kappa Mu Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. These activities gave me the opportunity to become more involved with other students and faculty and to participate in activities designed to share physics with younger students. Partially because of these experiences, I have decided that I will likely pursue a career in education.
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