Physics & Astronomy

Have you always been interested in understanding nature at its deepest level? Do you enjoy combining experiments with mathematical modeling to observe nature, explore phenomena and construct theories to understand phenomena? Majoring in Physics & Astronomy at York will help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to do this. It will prepare you for a career centered in the scientific world where job options can be incredibly diverse and range from investigating earthquakes to creating new spacecraft and vehicles in propulsion laboratories.

Career Options in Physics & Astronomy

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Physics and Astronomy. This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of what options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Physics and Astronomy degree than others.

  • Acoustics Physicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Construction Consultant
  • Customs Inspector
  • Geophysicist
  • Light and Optics Specialist
  • Medical  Physicist
  • Meteorological Technician
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Paper Product Developer
  • Radiologist
  • Science Educator
  • Soil Tester
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Automotive Designer
  • Atmospheric Physicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Computational Physicist
  • Cytotechnologist
  •  Hazardous Materials Manager
  • Materials Researcher
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Molecular Physicist
  • Optical Technician
  • Pollution Analyst
  • Radiation Safety Technician
  •  Scientific Editor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Astronomer
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Chemical Physicist
  • Crime Scene Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Materials Tester
  • Metallurgist
  • Nuclear Medical Technologist
  • Organic Mass Spectrometrist
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Seismologist
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Water Quality Inspector

Note: It is important to remember that some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above please consult the Career Cruising website, available to York University students using their Passport York account through You can also visit the National Occupational Classification website, available at

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