Some of the most important inventions of our time, including computers, the transistor radio, lasers, and even the World Wide Web were made possible through the study of physics—the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.

Physicists make significant contributions to every imaginable field because they are problem solvers who are trained to ask fundamental questions and come up with answers by observing and experimenting.

With its interdisciplinary nature, hands-on approach to research, and open curriculum that lets you take control of your education, the Physics department at WPI is an ideal place for the next generation of physicists to develop skills that will one day lead to world-changing discoveries.

The list of problems solved by physicists is long; the list of future possibilities is endless.

Average Starting Salary

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelor's: $78,000
  • Master's: N/A
  • PhD: N/A

Average National Starting Salary (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes192012.htm) $54,930

Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary reported by the NACE Salary Survey: $58,318

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Companies that have Hired WPI Physicists

  • ArrowSight, Inc.
  • General Dynamics—Electric Boat
  • IPG Photonics

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Sample Job Titles

  • Algorithm Analyst
  • Application Support Engineer
  • Director of Research & Innovation
  • Physics Lecturer/Instructor
  • Research Associate
  • Software Development Engineer

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Sample Graduate Schools

  • Tufts University
  • WPI

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

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Sample MQP titles

  • A DC Glow-Discharge Plasma Gun
  • AC Calorimetry Spectroscopy
  • Design and Construction of a Thermoacoustic Refrigerator
  • Linking Simulated Radar Data to Physical Models
  • Modeling Photonic Crystal Band Structures Using Hermite FEM
  • Quantum Conductance

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Popular Industries for Physicists  

  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Electronic Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
  • Federal Executive Branch
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
  • Scientific Research and Development Services

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