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  • Pandemic creates hurdles for academic job seekers: Canceled conferences, virtual interviews, and hiring freezes make the already stressful search process even more challenging, particularly for early-career researchers. In this piece from Physics Today, delve into the trials, and triumphs, of job seekers amid the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Employment and careers in physics: In this April 2020 report from the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center, check out a compilation of some of the most popular resources on employment for physics PhD and bachelor’s degree recipients.

  • 2019 Annual Career Issue
    Physics Today’s first annual careers issue focuses on three aspects of becoming and being a physicist: the paths that physical scientists pursue 10 years after obtaining their PhD, the case for including innovation and entrepreneurship in the undergraduate physics curriculum, and the efforts of a consortium of California colleges and universities to boost the number of women and underrepresented minorities in graduate school.

    Coming in October: 2nd Edition of Physics Today’s Annual Career Issue.

    Virtual Networking Webinar
    Watch the recorded presentation of Alaina G. Levine, noted STEM consultant, guiding you through networking virtually amid the COVID-19 crisis. Additional webinars coming soon!

    Career Advice
    Read careers-related articles from an expert career consultant specifically geared towards scientists. Topics include networking, interviewing, how to write resumes and references, and career planning.

    Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Physics Students
    This set of tools guides physics students through an exploration of career options and helps prepare them for success in the job search. Many of the tools can also be used to find internships, research positions, or even gain entrance into graduate programs. Created by the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students.

    Latest Employment Data for Physicists and Related Scientists
    Review essential reports compiled by the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center about employment trends in physics and astronomy. In-depth analysis about Bachelor's, Master's, and PhDs including data on sectors and fields of employment, starting salaries, skills used, and more.

    Salary Calculator for Physics Faculty
    The Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) created this tool by surveying almost 1,700 faculty members in degree-granting physics departments and those teaching physics in two-year colleges in the United States. Enter specific institutional, position, and individual characteristics to see a salary range personalized to your criteria.

    Career Information for Current Students
    Still in school and wondering what your options are? Don't be overwhelmed! Learn from recent graduates about the assorted tracks they have taken to gain professional experience in the science and engineering fields.

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    The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is a partner in the AIP Career Network, a collection of online job sites for scientists and engineers. Other partners include Physics Today, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), American Physical Society (APS Physics), AVS Science and Technology, and the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma.

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