Physicists are the all-rounders among the natural scientists. About two thirds work on advancing our scientific knowledge or develop new technologies, products, and processes. Research positions are found in research centers, scientific institutes, and universities. In industry, physicists work in fields like IT, software development, electronics, lasers, optics, and semiconductors. An increasing demand for physicists comes also from the sector of medical technology. Another large fraction of physicists holds faculty positions at universities and colleges or work in other branches of education.
Solid, demanding and transdisciplinary study program with employability focus and excellent career perspectives: A Jacobs University BSc in Physics provides a solid and at the same time flexible foundation for careers in diverse fields, from basic research to engineering and life sciences, to finance and management. The scientific knowledge, the problem-solving skills, and the social skills acquired during the studies of physics at Jacobs University guarantee success in our increasingly technology-driven society, as demonstrated by our many very successful graduates.
Highest academic standards: The physics curriculum at Jacobs University is designed to ensure that graduates will be well prepared for postgraduate programs in physics and related fields at world-wide leading universities. The physics program is oriented along the guidelines of the Konferenz der Fachbereiche der Physik (KFP) in Germany, the Institute of Physics (Britain) for BSc in Physics, and the topics required for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) physics test. Here, Jacobs University Physics BSc graduates have an excellent placement record in the top graduate programs.
Developing your personal skills and thinking abilities: The broad training in analytical skills, technical thinking and the appreciation of complexity and subtlety allows physicists to work - often with an additional qualification - as management consultants, patent attorneys, market analysts, or risk managers. Many BSc degree recipients go on to graduate school in physics and other fields, as careers in research and development usually require a postgraduate degree.
International network: Very helpful for career development is also the opportunity for international network building with Jacobs University Physics students coming from more than a hundred different nations. Good communication skills are essential, since many physicists work as part of a team, have contact to clients with non-physics background, and need to write research papers and proposals. These skills are particularly well developed in the broad and multidisciplinary undergraduate program at Jacobs University.
The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high-quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, business etiquette and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Furthermore, the Alumni Office helps students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.