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Math, Physical & Computer Science

Department of Physics

Zen Mariani is not only a cloud expert, he's also a Physics grad.

Zen (M.Sc., 2010, Ph.D. 2014) worked as a consultant to develop a predictive model for health exacerbations while completing his Ph.D. In 2015, he moved to Environment Canada as a research scientist in cloud physics. In 2015, he worked to analyze wind fields for the sailing races during the 2015 PanAm games. Read more about Zen on LinkedIn.

What do employers value about Department of Physics graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 91% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $53,266/year upon entering the workforce. 72% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Physics alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Research 
  • Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Information Technology 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Consulting 
  • Operations 
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Finance 
  • Media and Communication

graduate or professional school

A Physics degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Physics
  • Astronomy 
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics 
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Physics

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

During second year, participate in Explore It to meet with alumni from your program of study and see first-hand how their skills and knowledge translate into careers. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Take advantage of opportunities through the Physics Career Accelerator Program (PhysCAP) including mentorship, information sessions on professional certifications and a career fair for upper year students.

Work with faculty and get hands-on experience through a research opportunity and present your work at an undergraduate research fair.

Get involved with the Physics Student Union to gain connections and transferable skills.