# Research & Technical

## Opportunities

According to the AIP, about 10 percent of people who earn a bachelor’s degree in physics work for a national laboratory or government facility as a scientist or technician. Sample titles include accelerator systems operator, advanced technology engineer, engineering physicist, laboratory technician, radar developer, and systems engineer.

Other research and technical opportunities for people with a bachelor’s degree include research assistant, research associate, research technician, lab technician, lab assistant, accelerator operator, and physical sciences technician.

In addition, people with a master’s degree or doctoral degree may do research in a government-funded laboratory such as Argonne National Laboratory or Fermi National Laboratory.

The private sector employs about half of people with a physics Ph.D., according to APS. They conduct research, do literature and patent searches, work with teammates, write patent disclosures and papers, etc.