Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruisingand Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.

Occupations related to this program

Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Museum interpreter

Authors and writers

  • Technical writer

Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

  • Technical sales representative

Physicists and astronomers

  • Aerophysicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Health physicist
  • Laser physicist
  • Metal physicist
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Physicist
  • Physics research scientist
  • Semiconductor physicist

Geoscientists and oceanographers

  • Geophysicist

Meteorologists and climatologists

  • Meteorologist

Other professional occupations in physical sciences

  • Materials scientist
  • Soil scientist
  • Technical scientist

Architecture and science managers

  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research director

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Patent agent

College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. .

  • Accenture
  • Atomic Energy Canada - AECL
  • Communications Research Centre Canada
  • Environment Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • Instrument Systems
  • National Defence and the Canadian Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • University of Ottawa
  • 3M
  • Albarrie
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute
  • WE Williams Engineering
  • Glencore
  • Deloitte
  • Imperial Tobacco
  • Institut de la statistique
  • Morneau Shepell
  • SGI
  • Alberta Finance
  • CNA
  • General Electric - GE
  • Integrated Engineering Software
  • Micralyne
  • Nexen
  • Suncor Energy

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

  • Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society      
  • Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Canadian Mathematical Society
  • Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists
  • Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference 
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 
  • IEEE uOttawa Branch 
  • Ontario Association for Mathematics Education
  • Ontario Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine 
  • American Institute of Physics - AIP
  • American Physical Society - APS
  • Association for Women in Mathematics - AWM
  • Institute of Physics
  • International Organization for Medical Physics
  • International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics
  • National Science Foundation 
  • Society of Physics Students