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Schools Offering Physics Programs in Virginia


Approximately 0.2% of graduates in of Virginia receive physics degrees every year. That means an estimated 316 physicists graduate from Virginia's 26 physics schools each year.

Top Schools

University of Virginia-Main Campus, which was ranked 10th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Virginia that has a physics program. It is located in Charlottesville. In 2010, 79 students graduated from University of Virginia-Main Campus' physics program. Students at University of Virginia-Main Campus paid $10,828 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Virginia with a physics program is College of William and Mary, which is located in Williamsburg. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. In 2010, 34 students graduated from College of William and Mary physics program. College of William and Mary charged in-state students $12,188 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Virginia with a physics program is Washington and Lee University, which is located in Lexington. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. In 2010, 8 students graduated from Washington and Lee University physics program. The tuition rate at Washington and Lee University was $40,387 per year.

Cost

Tuition at Virginia's physics schools ranges from $41,610 per year to $6,214 per year. But, the average tuition is $18,795 per year. In 2010, the physics schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Virginia were:

  1. University of Richmond - located in University Of Richmond, students are charged $41,610 per year
  2. Washington and Lee University - located in Lexington, students are charged $40,387 per year
  3. Hampden-Sydney College - located in Hampden Sydney, students are charged $32,489 per year

The physics schools in Virginia that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Old Dominion University - located in Norfolk, students are charged $6,214 per year
  2. Norfolk State University - located in Norfolk, students are charged $6,327 per year
  3. Virginia State University - located in Petersburg, students are charged $6,570 per year

A physics degree from a Virginia school... what next?

A large number of Virginia physics graduates become physicists. In 2010, there were 810 physicists working in Virginia. The following counties have the largest number of Virginia physicists:

  1. Accomack County - 210 physicists
  2. Chesapeake County - 200 physicists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of physicists is expected to grow by 14% by 2018. There are projected to be 870 physicists working in the Virginia then.

Salary

On average, physicists earn $115,090 per year. However, this number is only an average. physicists in Virginia had varying salaries from $66,960 to $147,850 per year in 2010. A physicist in the following Virginia counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Accomack County - $103,760 per year
  2. Chesapeake County - $98,960 per year

A physicist in the following counties in Virginia make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Chesapeake County - $98,960 per year
  2. Accomack County - $103,760 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Virginia statistics regarding a career in physics and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics in Virginia
  • Master's Degree in Physics in Virginia
  • Doctoral Degree in Physics in Virginia

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
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Physicists 810 $115,090 20.9%
 

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