Careers Outside of Academia

The problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in physics are sought after in a wide range of technology, financial, and industrial sectors. 

Below are resources to help people trained in physics at the undergraduate, graduate, or even postdoctoral levels to become aware of the broad spectrum of opportunities available to them:

Technology

Many physicists are flocking to areas where their knack for abstract thought and math skills is put to use. There are many new opportunities for physicists in data analytics, artificial inteligence, machine learning, image recognition, speech recognition, and the Internet of Things. Here you will find a list of technology companies in the KW-Toronto corridor, many of which have already hired physicists.

  • Canopy Labs (Toronto): Customer analytics
  • Focals by North (Kitchener): Technology (formerly "Thalmic Labs")
  • Maplesoft (Waterloo): Mathematics-based software
  • Shopify (Waterloo): E-commerce
  • Xanadu (Toronto): Quantum computing/artificial inteligence

Financial & Professional services

Long-established intellectual connections between physics and finance are one of the reasons that make physicists interested in problems in finance and why so many have been recruited into the financial sector. Physicists also tend to be good at computer modelling and working with large data sets. Here you will find a list of financial and related professional services companies in the area, many of which have already hired physicists.

Insurance

Government

Energy

health

Writing

Education

Other companies and opportunties