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



Justin Zohner (2002)
Research Physicist
San Antonio, TX

In Physics, new discoveries, challenges and opportunities are always just around the next corner. The degree I earned at Fort Hays State was just the starting point. From there, I've studied in a world-class graduate program and gone on to work for some of the leading companies in my field. Learning is a life-long journey. Taking the first step at Fort Hays State University ensured that I was on the pathway to success.

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.