Associate Degree in Physics

Salary

Medical lab technician, $31,000*

Engineering aide, $36,000*

Researcher, $61,000**

Allied Health professional, $64,000*

Systems Analyst, $61,000*

Biochemists and Biophysicists, $142,356.44***

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health, $85,042.74***

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other, $57,269.33***

Nuclear Technicians, $98,682.03***

Physicist, $108,401.77***

Physics Teacher, Postsecondary $99,925.13***

*Annual median salary, 2013, Simply Hired: Riverside area

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

Career Info

An associate of science in physics degree provides the foundation for careers in teaching, applied physics and in interdisciplinary areas such as astronomy, biophysics, environmental science, oceanography, and scientific instrumentation. It is also the foundation for four-year college studies in physics and other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology and astronomy. Many people earn advanced degrees in physics go into engineering jobs.

Potential Careers

  • Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Physicists
  • Medical lab technician
  • Engineering aide
  • Researcher
  • Allied Health professional
  • Systems Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Finance
  • Engineer
  • Biologist