Why Major in Physics?
So, you are thinking about majoring in physics. That’s great! Here is some information to help you make your decision
Why would I want to major in physics?
It's a versatile major.
Physics is sometimes referred to as the "liberal arts" degree of technology, or the “Swiss Army Knife” degree, because physics majors acquire a valuable set of skills that allow them to go on to careers in the biology, chemistry, geoscience, mathematics, engineering, and computer science as well as other unrelated fields such as law, medicine, and even economics.
In short, a major in physics is a way to keep your options open.
High starting salaries
Graduates who hold Physics degrees earn some of the highest salaries in the field of mathematics and sciences. See AIP's statistics website
A variety of job opportunities
See the APS (American Physical Society) & AIP's (American Institute of Physics) career services web page . To see the types of employers, by state, that employ physicists, see the AIP's employment trends.
Achieve deeper understanding.
The physicist's approach to problem solving is to first understand the problem and the concepts. This allows a more efficient solution than the "quick-fix".
Smaller class size
The physics department graduates about 5 - 10 majors each year, which means that there are only 5 - 10 students in each physics majors course. This means more attention for you.
The Physics reputation
Physics majors have a reputation for solid mathematical skills, strong problem solving ability, and good work ethic. It is these fundamental skills that allow them to work successfully in so many different areas.
It's rewarding and challenging!
Physics truly is one of the most exciting and interesting subjects one can study. Discoveries from physics have revolutionized the world and will certainly continue to do so. Between the innermost workings of the nucleus and the outer edges of the visible universe lies the playground of physics. Combining imagination with systematic reasoning, the physicist seeks to understand the laws of nature, the structure of matter and the behavior of physical processes — the keys to many of the universe's secrets. The area of physics cover such intriguing topics as lasers, superconductors, black holes, quantum mechanics, big bang theory, relativity, and the list goes on and on. It also covers more basic but still fascinating topics such as why the sky is blue, why sunsets are red, and why ice floats. In short, physicists are explorers trying to understand the world around them.
We need you.
With a society that is heavily dependent on technology and science, physics majors are needed. See the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century and read the Executive Report.
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