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What entry level jobs am I qualified for?

  1. Oct 20, 2012 #1
    Here goes: I am a final (4th) year Physics undergrad doing an exchange year at a top 10 UK university. My awarding institution is a relatively unknown university in Spain (however the place is a big name in observational astrophysics).

    I have no practical/experimental physics experience at all, but I believe I am walking away with some decent knowledge of scilab(think matlab) and FORTRAN programming, but nothing beyond a basic course in numerical methods and a senior year project using a Monte Carlo. Nothing much in the way of optics labs, nor anything like thin films or observational astronomy. I am taking a course in electronics this year however, but very little lab content.

    I also have a 2-year degree in environmental chemistry, 2 years of undergrad chemistry, and some experience at a wastewater analytics lab but that was 4 years ago.

    I am a US resident so I am qualified to work non-governmental jobs in the US. I am considering the following regions as its where my SO is applying for grad school: Minneapolis MN, Manoa HI, Cleveland/Columbus OH, Tempe/Tucson AZ, Rochester NY, to name some.

    I was originally intending on applying for grad school but I just don't think I am up to it anymore, so I am willing to try something different, anything but teaching high school. I would like to know what I can do with my physics and chemistry knowledge and lack of relevant work experience. Private tutoring is something I'd like to do even if its only on the side.

    I have had a gander at the AIP "companies hiring recent physics bachelors" page and have seen many IT/telecom companies hire physicists, but I am guessing they hire people with serious programming or lab experience, am I wrong?

    What kind of jobs should I aim for to get started? I do not care about being underemployed in the beginning, I am looking for something that I do right off the bat to get settled in a place and later move on if I don't find it rewarding enough.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012
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