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Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional experience or education may be required.

  • account manager
  • biophysicist
  • business analyst
  • computational physicist
  • geophysicist
  • health equipment designer
  • industrial hygienist
  • informatics specialist
  • laboratory technician
  • light and optics specialist
  • marketing director
  • nuclear medical technologist
  • nuclear operator
  • optical engineer
  • product designer
  • quality assurance specialist
  • radiation safety technician
  • research physicist
  • science-based investment advisor
  • special effects coordinator
  • system/software engineer
  • teacher/professor
  • technical sales representative
  • technical writer
  • telecommunication specialist

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • aerospace industry
  • aircraft/automotive manufacturers
  • chemical manufacturers
  • computer hardware/software
  • educational institutions
  • electrical equipment manufacturing
  • electronics industry
  • government
  • hospitals/health care
  • laboratories 
  • oil/gas industry
  • research firms
  • steel/metals industry

Online Resources

  • The Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Physics World
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Physical Society
  • Alliance of Special Effects and Pyrotechnic Operators

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Engineering, Astronomy, Physics.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • account manager
  • compensation advisor
  • development engineer
  • informatics quality assurance lead
  • modern configuration specialist
  • researcher
  • senior antenna design engineer
  • software engineer
  • technical business analyst

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the properties and states of matter as well as the structure and behaviour of the components of matter.
  • Develop knowledge of computer programming.
  • Gain experience in quantitative analysis using mathematics, applied science and physics.
  • Use knowledge of the properties of matter to create new, interesting and useful devices.
  • Make careful measurements using equipment and scientific instrumentation.
  • Generate and format hypotheses, conduct tests and analyses.
  • Develop complex models of interaction and behaviour for the purpose of testing and/or demonstrating ideas.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Understand and write detailed technical information, reports and presentations.
  • Conduct, clearly explain and document scientific research and findings.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • account manager
  • business systems analyst
  • chief information officer
  • computer security specialist
  • database administrator
  • information systems manager
  • network administrator
  • quality assurance specialist
  • security systems programmer
  • software engineer
  • software developer
  • systems engineer
  • video game developer
  • web administrator
  • web designer

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • educational institutions
  • engineering firms
  • finance/banking
  • game development
  • government
  • hospitals/health care
  • insurance companies
  • manufacturing
  • media organizations
  • records management organizations
  • research organizations
  • software development
  • technology development
  • telecommunications
  • utilities corporations

Online Resources

  • Communitech
  • Canadian Information Processing Society
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • application developer
  • information management consultant
  • software developer
  • software engineer
  • web developer

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Computer Science, IT Security.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • business intelligence consultant
  • co-founder of digital signage platform
  • premier support specialist
  • programmer
  • senior web developer
  • software development lead
  • technical sales representative

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Specify, design and construct software systems, and evaluate and recognize potential risks in designing creative solutions.
  • Demonstrate strong algorithm analysis and design skills in procedural, object-oriented and low-level programming languages, and gain an optional introduction to functional, parallel and logical programming paradigms.
  • Adapt to constant change and integrate new ideas into existing systems.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for logical thinking, abstract reasoning, observation and concentration.
  • Develop skills in quantitative, logical and computational analysis.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Summarize and present complex ideas, information and opinions, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Organize information and think both creatively and logically when solving complex problems.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Chính T. Hoàng, Chair

E: choang@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2613
Office Location: Science Building, N2078A

Kelly Kuepfer-Crane, Administrative Assistant

E: kkuepfercrane@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2118
F: 519.746.0677
Office Location: Science Building, N2078

Angèle Hamel, Undergraduate Academic Advisor

E: pcsadvising@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2984
Office Location: Science Building, N2076C

Hongbing Fan, Graduate Officer

E: MACadvising@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2823
Office Location: Science Building, N2081