We study physics because we are curious about the physical universe
and we are problem solvers.
However, only about 10% end up as ``physicists''.
We are so versatile that many end up as, e.g.,
e.g., Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the
World Wide Web, has a BS in Physics
e.g., physicist John Bardeen (only two-time Nobel prize winner in physics) worked as an engineer
at Bell Labs where he co-invented the transistor
do you know that physics majors
do better than biology majors on the MCAT test which is required
to enter medical school?
We have at least 3 alumni who are now MDs
e.g., Hon. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-Michigan)
just retired from the US Congress has a PhD in Physics from Berkeley;
the current Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Markel, is a nuclear physicist;
the 3rd President of Albania, Dr. Rexhep Meidani, has a PhD in Physics
e.g., the president of Purdue, Dr. Frances Cordova,
is an astrophysicist
and of RPI, Dr. Shirley Jackson, is a nuclear physicist
Wall Street analysts
physicists are often employed by investment banks as quantitative
analysts (quants) or as ``derivative geeks''.
As the chart below shows, people with a physics degree
are in the top ten pay scales.
Average starting salaries for professionals with bachelor's degree in a
science- or mathematics-related field: biological sciences $28,066;
chemistry $36,823; environmental studies $28,236; geology $35,687;
mathematics $41,295; and physics $39,872.
(Source: Salary Survey Summer 2000 The National Association of Colleges and
The 1997-9 MCAT scores revealed that the median score in the biology
portion of the MCAT for physical sciences majors is the
same as those who major in the biological sciences,
but that the median score in the physics portion of the MCAT is
higher than for physics majors than for biological sciences majors.
Hence, there are data that physics majors generally do better
at MCAT than biology majors.
The PhysTEC project has produced a video to excite and inspire physics majors to pursue careers in teaching.
Click below to view the 5 min video.
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