What is Job: Definition and 886 Discussions

A job, employment, work or occupation, is a person's role in society. More specifically, a job is an activity, often regular and often performed in exchange for payment ("for a living"). Many people have multiple jobs (e.g., parent, homemaker, and employee). A person can begin a job by becoming an employee, volunteering, starting a business, or becoming a parent. The duration of a job may range from temporary (e.g., hourly odd jobs) to a lifetime (e.g., judges).
An activity that requires a person's mental or physical effort is work (as in "a day's work"). If a person is trained for a certain type of job, they may have a profession. Typically, a job would be a subset of someone's career. The two may differ in that one usually retires from their career, versus resignation or termination from a job.

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  1. Syandan21

    Considering everything, is computer science a good or bad major?

    I am considering majoring in either this or electrical engineering, but I am worried because computer science is very popular, the job market is terrible, and also colleges might not except me, and that nvidia's CEO said that coding will be replaced by AI. Please help!!!
  2. Slimy0233

    Finding Meaningful Work: Career Advice for Young Scientists

    I am 23 right now and I was scouring the internet to decide on what to do next. I wanted to be a physicist for all my life but at this time that doesn't seem feasible to me at this time. I haven't been taking all that good care of my health recently and I want to never repeat that mistake again...
  3. thegreengineer

    Engineering I’m having second thoughts about my job position. How can I proceed with it?

    Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I hope that you had a good Christmas eve and that you are in good health. Recently I graduated with a B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering, and I got a job in a local manufacturing company in my hometown. Before proceeding with the post, I want to say that...
  4. H

    A controversial question came in a Government job exam

    Here is the question : The examinees argued that that question is far too more general, and cannot be studied, the commission, which holds the exam, replied “Anyone who reads the newspaper everyday can easily solve that question”. I personally think that that question is not solvable by...
  5. R

    Physics Does a datascience job help in applying for PhD or physics scholarship

    I have a math degree and currently pursuing a BS in physics, I've been offered a job as a data scientist with occasional machine learning stuff. 1) Would this be helpful for my career in physics? If yes then how? (I'm aware that machine learning is being used in various areas of physics, but...
  6. M

    Job Skills Tips for a Physics BS going into a systems engineering job?

    I was wondered if anyone could give me some tips on what to expect going into a career in systems engineering. I completed my undergrad BS in Physics last year and I have worked as a student trainee optical engineer for two years (Intermittent schedule). I just completed my first year of grad...
  7. Eclair_de_XII

    Job Skills Is a formal education usually mandatory to land a coding job?

    Suppose the applicant has had absolutely no formal education in systems administration or computer science, but has demonstrated coding experience demonstrating his aptitude for both. Would his application be redirected to the physical equivalent of /dev/null the moment that human resources...
  8. L

    I The Job of the Demon: Compressing Gas Without Work

    Suppose we have a cylinder with one wall guard by a demon. Inside is one gas molecule moving left and right for simplicity. Now we want to closer the wall (compress the gas) without doing work. The job of the demon is push the wall closer when the gas move left and lock the wall when the gas...
  9. shivajikobardan

    How to learn python programming and get a web developer job?

    I am learning absolute basic python from udemy course. Till now I see no improvements at all. Except some small small improvements. How should I approach to learn python? I have 0 basics of programming even though I had already studied C and C++ as well as data structures and algorithm. I...
  10. M

    Job Skills Becoming a Quant: Advice for STEM PhDs - Expert Insights

    Hi PF! I'm interested in becoming a quantitative analyst, sometimes referred to as quant. If you're a quant, could you please give me your opinion of my current situation. My PhD is aerospace engineering though my background is math heavy (just published in a mathy journal, for reference). In...
  11. Z

    Job Skills What's the Key to Successful Job Hunting?

    So, there's a lot of debate on here about what is the best and most appropriate way to look and apply for a job. I won't get into that. I want to share a very simple sentiment that has helped me, for everyone struggling to find a job. Keep trying new strategies until you find something that...
  12. Menna_Ali

    How Hard is it to find a research job with a Master's degree in Physics?

    Hello everyone, ever since I was little I wanted to go into the research field, I have a bachelor degree in physics but I actually wanted to major in engineering because I am more of a doer and I enjoy experimenting with things on hand, but I had to major in physics because in my country (Egypt)...
  13. icesalmon

    Engineering Projects to showcase capabilities for job application / interview

    I'm in the process of applying for jobs as a recent graduate( December 2020 ) and was curious what types of projects I could work on by myself to showcase my capabilities in Power Distribution Engineering (simulations, design work etc.). I was thinking I could build a presentation around it...
  14. debesta

    Job Skills Nuclear physics vs particle physics job prospects

    Which experimental physics branch has better job prospects (both inside and outside academia) - particle physics or nuclear physics? Is the difference very big?
  15. P

    Something is wrong with my simple solder job?

    I have a Yaesu VX-6 Radio. Perfect for my needs but I need a hands free PTT kit. Very difficult to find but I hunted about and finally found a US-based company that had hands free kits made up to order in China and I bought one of their kits. When it arrived I plugged it all in and it worked...
  16. Athenian

    Physics What to do After Graduating with a Physics BS?

    I got one year left in my physics undergraduate education. However, after doing some research on what to do for the future, I began to become increasingly lost on what to do after I graduate. Therefore, I hope the physics community here could provide some insight and advice on the matter. To...
  17. K

    Land Computer Science/Engineering Job Without Networking?

    I wanted to ask is it still possible to land a computer science or engineering job without networking?
  18. M

    Job Skills Thank you note after job interview

    Is it really common practice to send a thank you email after a job interview? At all of my interviews I have concluded by thanking the interviewer for their time etc., but never sent a thank you email. To me, it seems redundant, pushy, and smarmy. Or is this common practice? What would you think...
  19. P

    Engineering Challenging situation in finding a job in my field

    Hello, I would like to present my situation and maybe hear some suggestions on how to overcome the challenge I am facing: I have a PhD in a STEM field from Canada (I am an immigrant), and after I received my PhD, I worked 18 months in the academia as a postdoctoral researcher. During my...
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    Other Should I give up string theory due to its job prospects?

    I'm currently a fresh grad student in theoretical physics, and I'm still deciding to choose which research group to join. My current understanding (maybe I'm wrong) is the PhD theme pretty much determines the topic for future post-doc research so I kinda need to choose very carefully. I'm...
  21. ersa17

    Physics Job prospects for accelerator physics

    For a while, I was thinking about pursuing my Master's in physics specializing in accelerator physics for the reasons that, one, it seemed quite fun because it was a mixture of physics and engineering both and I could learn a lot of cool things to do with the particle accelerator(both in...
  22. Z

    Other Recent Grad with Job market Questions

    Hello, I recently graduated from my university with a B.S in Astrophysics, and a minor in Mathematics. Through my undergrad I have done undergraduate research on pulsars, and even developed and coded an app to help catalog and database pulsar candidates, with the help of graduate students and a...
  23. Hamiltonian

    Physics I love studying physics but can i get a job

    I am in high school and will be going to college in less than 2 years. I love studying physics and I would love to study and gain more knowledge in the field. Right now I am barely scratching the surface and I really want to study the subject in depth. I am reminded time and again having a...
  24. Manphysics

    Other Publishing in physics after no longer having a university job?

    I'm a university physics professor. I'm currently employed, but next year that can change. Can I easily publish academic papers on Theoretical Physics without any institutional affiliation at all? It seems to me that good peer-reviewed journals tend to extra-officially consider the university...
  25. Arceus74

    Job Skills Getting a Job in Simulation/Modelling with a MSc in Material Science

    Hey guys, I am looking for any insights for getting a job in the simulation or modelling industry with a Masters in Material Science and Engineering. I have worked with composites during my masters and found out I don't have much interest in doing lab testing. I don't have any plans of doing a...
  26. A

    Job Skills Getting Discouraged in my Engineering Job, Pondering a Career Change

    Hi everyone, I hope I can articulate what I'm thinking, as I'm unsure if this is specifically an "engineering job" problem or a job in general problem. I graduated with a BSEE, got an MS right after, and have worked in two companies so far. I had a pretty good gpa for both, over 3.6, so I...
  27. S

    COVID What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on your job?

    Hi everyone! I wanted to pose this question to all of you and ask you what impact the current COVID-19 pandemic has had on your job. In my personal case, the impact has been fairly minimal. As a biostatistician for a consulting firm for the pharmaceutical industry (and who has been working from...
  28. FER

    Job Skills I Feel like there is no way I will land a STEM job

    Graduated in 2017. No real research experience (though I was in a lab). Graduated with a 3.7 from one of the top schools in the country (maybe considered 2nd tier by some/most) Had opportunities to use some random connections (customers I met while working for my parents) about a year out of...
  29. G

    Physics Industry job prospects for a condensed matter computational physicist

    I'm working on a PhD in condensed matter computational physics, particularly with method development. My plan is to go into industry afterwards, and out of curiosity I've been looking at job listings. It doesn't look good to be honest. Listings for physicists mainly require some type of lab...
  30. Q

    Physics How hard is it for physics majors to graduate with a job offer?

    I’m a physics major currently in the second semester of my first year at a US university. I have recently become very anxious about my future with a physics degree. Don’t get me wrong, I love physics. One semester in, I’m doing very well academically. However, I’ve heard a lot of negativity...
  31. S

    Engineering Career and job search (teaching or engineering work)

    Hello I am new here lived in New York with my 2 kids and looking for a teaching job. I applied online but can't get response from them. I have received an email yesterday stated that they are going to give me an opportunity an engineering firm. They want me to fill a form with my all details...
  32. ryl3gol

    Math Job search ideas for an applied math major?

    I am an applied math major. What are some jobs you would recommend looking in to? Thank you in advance!
  33. C

    Engineering ChemE PhD w/ a Supply Chain Engineer job offer

    Hi, I'm graduating with a PhD in ChemE. I'm interested in a position in industry that is not purely technical and that will have some exposure to the business/leadership side. I have an offer at a F500 company to be a supply chain engineer. The job will entail working with Asian suppliers and...
  34. Eclair_de_XII

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    I'm currently living in Hawaii, and am having trouble finding good work. I have been using Indeed without much success at all. I also know about Monster and Glassdoor, but I tend to want to stick to just one generic job-hunting site. I recently found a job site associated apparently with the...
  35. S

    Job Skills Find a Job in Space | Sillls from VA

    I am new to this forums, thank God there is a website devoted to things like this. About me: I am a guy living in VA who is very interested in working on projects that will take me into space. I am hoping to join SpaceX or another company like it and work in space. I have been interested in...
  36. mesa

    What are the most important parts of the job for a reactor operator?

    Hey guys, what would you say are the most important aspects of the job of being a nuclear reactor operator?
  37. gleem

    Physics Looking for a physics job? Physics Today can help

    Physics Today the monthly magazine of the American Institute of Physics has a website that currently lists 161 jobs for physicists mainly in the US but also other countries. https://jobs.physicstoday.org/jobs It also posts internships and has info on career development and planning. You...
  38. astroman707

    Programs What is the likelihood of a physics major getting an engineering job?

    I’ve been told that physics majors are looked at favorably when applying for entry-level engineering jobs. Is this true? How qualified are they when compared to engineering majors? Are applied physics majors looked at any differently? Do employers care about an undergraduate thesis?
  39. R

    Job Skills Interviewing for a job with a PhD

    I have a quick question about what is generally expected during an interview for a position in industry when you have a PhD. When applying for my first industry job out of grad school I gave a presentation about my work as a PhD candidate during the interview. Is this sort of presentation...
  40. Gazing at the Stars

    Physics Opportunities for an Aspiring Physicist

    Hello, everybody! I've been interested in physics for quite a while. I have a passion for learning and have discovered that I truly love this area of study. I am particularly interested in research, perhaps dealing with astrophysics or quantum mechanics. However, I have been warned by many...
  41. Wortgewandtheit

    Other Career Advice for Living and Working in Switzerland

    Hello, first post here, didn't know this existed until very recently. I was going to ask if anyone could give me some advice regarding living and working in Switzerland. I will be done with my Bachelor's in Physics (With a specialty in Research, this is a Swedish invention, but it amounts to...
  42. CivilSigma

    Engineering Would you take a job not in line with career goals?

    I have just started my masters in civil engineering and at the same time I have received a job interview from a construction company that I think really like me. I don't have any official offers. My career goal is to be involved with the structural design/analysis industry. However, the company...
  43. W

    Taking 4 difficult ENGR related classes and working a part-time job?

    I am taking next semester Differential equations, University physics 2, Electrical circuits class and lab and an Introduction to engineering course at a community college and I am planning to work part time. Is it a good idea or at least doable to do those classes and take a part-time job less...
  44. R

    Math Job opportunities USA that combine data science with physics

    Hello, I am a Belgian master in physics and astronomy with a couple of years of working experience under his belt, who recently decided to obtain a second master in statistics. Normally I should graduate in 2020. My goal is to become a data scientist, but preferably within a scientific context...
  45. I

    Aerospace undergrad @Purdue -- How do I get a job in Canada?

    HI, I am in my third year at Purdue University. Born Canadian but raised in the US. I wanted to get a job in Canada but don't know where to start...anyone have any suggestions? Do I just start sending a mass email to all companies and hope it ends up in front of the right person?
  46. S

    Other I started PhD abroad, but would like to get a job

    Greetings, I recently started a PhD in Belgium after resigning from my current job (IT branch) in my home country, Turkey. It was a global company and I had been working there for around 8 months when I resigned. I realized that what I want is a solid job as soon as possible and now I am in the...
  47. R

    MHB Success Rate of College Grads: Probability of 1+ Job in 1 Year

    A study conducted at a certain college shows that 55% of the school's graduates find a job in their chosen field within a year after graduation. Find the probability that among 7 randomly selected graduates, at least one finds a job in his or her chosen field within a year of graduating
  48. M

    Engineering How age and experience matter when getting a job?

    I'm 31 years old & going to enter into 2nd year of BEng mech. Degree which has 3 years.I already have diploma in marine engineering & have sailed on ocen going ships for 1 year as junior engineer.Is the first is better? (1.Is 1 year experience on ships can relate to mechanical experience...
  49. T

    Physics Jobs for a physicist in Bangladesh?

    Hello fellows! I was looking for a little guidance and some career advice. What job/work options are there for a physics graduate in Bangladesh other than teaching?
  50. AchillesWrathfulLove

    News What is a list of job titles that fit this description

    > A person who works on small scale electrical and mechanical systems > The design and construction of such systems > From toys to hand-held devices such as phones What job titles fit this description?