Physics Schools

As a professor or instructor of physics classes at one of the 884 accredited physics schools in the country, you play a significant role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in physics academia which includes physics training at the following levels:

  • Physics Certificate
  • Associates degree in Physics
  • Bachelors degree in Physics
  • Masters degree in Physics
  • PhD degree in Physics


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Physics professionals

15,420 13,980 14,810 13,630 16,860
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 16,860 physics professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 9%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Physics professionals

10th percentile
$58,850
25th percentile
$79,710
50th percentile
$106,370
75th percentile
$139,060
90th percentile
$171,750

The median yearly salary earned by physics professionals, in 2010, was $106,370. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for physics professionals in the US was 64% more than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Physics

$94,240 $96,850 $102,890 $106,390 $106,370
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Physics professionals' salaries have grown by 13% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Physics Student enrollment growth by degree

140 164 154 179 213
5,200 5,576 5,650 5,581 5,800
1,582 1,738 1,799 1,884 1,863
2,154 2,021 2,098 1,932 2,035
86 61 96 60 74
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Physics
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Physics
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Physics
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Physics
  • Grey: Certificate in Physics

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for physics professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 9,162 students graduated from physics degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 9,985 students graduated from physics schools.

This represents a 9% change in the number of graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from physics courses is less than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Physics Programs offered Nationwide

associate
66
bachelor
870
master
305
doctor
256
Certificate
8
Total1,505

It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering physics programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 873 physics schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 884 schools.

Physics Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. California104 Schools
  2. New York61 Schools
  3. Texas59 Schools
  4. Pennsylvania58 Schools
  5. Ohio34 Schools
  6. Illinois33 Schools
  7. Massachusetts31 Schools
  8. Michigan29 Schools
  9. Virginia26 Schools
  10. Indiana25 Schools
  11. Georgia22 Schools
  12. Tennessee21 Schools
  13. Minnesota21 Schools
  14. North Carolina20 Schools
  15. Wisconsin19 Schools
  16. Missouri18 Schools
  17. Iowa17 Schools
  18. Oklahoma17 Schools
  19. Florida16 Schools
  20. New Jersey16 Schools
  21. Kansas16 Schools
  22. Kentucky15 Schools
  23. Louisiana15 Schools
  24. Maryland15 Schools
  25. Washington State13 Schools
  26. South Carolina13 Schools
  27. Nebraska11 Schools
  28. Alabama11 Schools
  29. Arkansas11 Schools
  30. Colorado11 Schools
  31. Oregon11 Schools
  32. Mississippi10 Schools
  33. Connecticut9 Schools
  34. Utah8 Schools
  35. Arizona7 Schools
  36. Idaho6 Schools
  37. Vermont6 Schools
  38. Washington DC6 Schools
  39. New Mexico5 Schools
  40. West Virginia5 Schools
  41. Maine5 Schools
  42. South Dakota4 Schools
  43. Rhode Island4 Schools
  44. Nevada3 Schools
  45. New Hampshire3 Schools
  46. North Dakota3 Schools
  47. Wyoming3 Schools
  48. Montana2 Schools
  49. Hawaii2 Schools
  50. Alaska2 Schools
  51. Delaware2 Schools

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