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Careers in Physics

We use to say that if you were good there were many jobs available to you. But we can no longer say that.

On the other hand, there are presently no careers which can guarantee you a job when you leave college. So while you are in college you might as well major in something that is interesting to you.

The important thing to keep in mind is that an education in physics prepares you for much more than an academic or research career. The training you receive in computers, problem solving, appyling mathematics to situations, in experimental techniques, and in thinking logically and rigorously about the physical universe prepares you for virtually any career you choose. Many students do go on to pursure advanced degrees in physics, engineering or a related field but others pursue careers in very different areas.

In addition to our work as scientists, some areas where physics alumns work are:

lawyers
college faculty
high school teachers
architects/city planners
politicians
doctors
editors
lab techs
researchers
video game design
veterinarians
software developers
rock musicians
engineers
environmental services

And they pursue work in many sectors including (but not limited to):

investment banking
research labs
finance
universities
publishing
the U.S. Patent Office

Check with your physics department for advice, guidance and information.

For some hard-headed advice check out the following sites.

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