Career Options

Career Options

What can I do with a physics degree?

Enter the workforce

​A physics bachelor's degree prepares students for a broad range of technical careers. Our graduates have many options after graduation. About a 1/3 pursue graduate work in physics, engineering, astronomy, and business. A few become high school teachers, and the rest find employment in the technical workforce.

Siena physics graduates now work at many technical companies, including:

  • General Electric
  • X-ray Optical Systems
  • Global Foundries
  • NASA
  • General Dynamics
  • H2Pump LLC
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • IBM
  • US Army
  • US Airforce
  • Plug Power
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Sematech

Continue Your Education

​Our students pursue graduate school in astronomy, physics and engineering.  Some of our recent graduates are now attending:

  • Boston University
  • SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke
  • MIT
  • RPI
  • University of Washington
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Connecticut

What can you do with a master's or PhD?  

Want more information on graduate schools?

Become a Teacher

​Students interested in teaching should pursue the education track within the physics majors.  Students completing this track graduate with an initial New York State Certification to teach physics and physical science in grades 7 through 12.

Health-Related Careers

​Did you know that physics majors as a group perform extremely well on entrance exams for medical school and law school?  A number of our recent graduates are pursuing medical-related careers such as medical physics, medicine and optometry.

Department Chair

Rose A. Finn

Professor of Physics

254 Roger Bacon

(518) 782‑6764