Need guidance on possible job requirements

In summary, Darya is a new member of the forum seeking job advice. She has a master's degree in applied physics from UMASS Boston but has been struggling to find a job in her field. The advice given is to broaden her job search to include engineering positions, as applied physics can be considered a form of engineering.
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Hi everyone... my name is darya, new to the forums and searching for possible job advice. I have a masters degree in applied physics from UMASS Boston. I have graduated for 5 years and am having difficulty finding a job related to my major. If anyone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

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You're probably looking for the wrong types of jobs. When you say "a job related to your major", you are probably only focusing on physicist positions. However, with a master's in appleid physics, you have a lot of options in the field of engineering. Look for those too.

In fact, usually to get anything better than a technician's job specifically in the field of physics, you need a PhD. However, there are lots of engineering jobs out there that would be easily filled by a master of applied physics. After all, applied physics can be considered 'engineering physics'.
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, welcome to the forums! It's great to have you here and I'm sure many of us can relate to your situation. First of all, congratulations on your masters degree in applied physics from UMASS Boston, that's a great achievement! I understand that it can be frustrating to not find a job related to your major, but don't lose hope. Here are a few things you can do to help with your job search:

1. Network: Reach out to your professors, classmates, and alumni from your program. They may have connections or know of job opportunities that are relevant to your field of study. Attend job fairs and networking events to expand your network even further.

2. Research: Take some time to research different industries and companies that may have a need for someone with your skills and background. This will help you target your job search and tailor your resume and cover letter to the specific requirements of the job.

3. Gain relevant experience: While job hunting, consider taking on internships or volunteering opportunities in your field of study. This will not only give you practical experience, but also help you make valuable connections and potentially lead to job opportunities.

4. Update your resume and cover letter: Make sure your resume and cover letter highlight your skills, education, and any relevant experience. Tailor them to each job you apply for and make sure they stand out to potential employers.

5. Be open to new opportunities: While it's important to have a clear idea of what you want to do, don't limit yourself to only one specific job. Be open to exploring different opportunities and industries that may align with your skills and interests.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. Best of luck with your job search, and don't give up! With your determination and qualifications, I'm sure you will find a job that is a perfect fit for you.

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