Astrophysicist salary

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"The above statement was my personal opinion, I never stated it as something 'official'. BTW, if you have nothing to say regarding this thread, why don't you just mind your own business or explore other threads...? Also, try to work with your English comprehension. It'll help you distinguish opinions from official statements/informations etc."

Grow up.

Please try to emphasize on the following phrase I mentioned in my previous comment:

"BTW, if you have nothing to say regarding this thread, why don't you just mind your own business or explore other threads...?"

Thank You.
 
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I do somewhat agree with you, but even today's statistics shows that the median earning of most physicist is between 90k-100k and with few years of experience, you can get a competitive salary (xxx xxx$)...

Well, I hope physics will be recognized as a competitive field in the near future and they should be paid more then what they get (and they deserve it too)...


I think 'thinkies' lives in a fantasy world guys!

The median is 90-100k, that doesnt mean everyone with a physics degree gets that much.

If you want to do a Ph.d in physics, then you should be ready to face the fact that you won't be making too much! atleast early on

Besides you have plenty of time to worry about these things. You should just concentrate on your studies for now!
 
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You need to stop being such a self-righteous money-laundering jerk. My family makes about 45 thousand a year and we live comfortably. If you truly want to go into physics then the money shouldn't matter to you. If you are truly in it for the money then go be something else, like a lawyer.
 
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.............and thread locked. I dont know whats worse, thinkies comments or you guys wasting 9 pages on him when he wont listen to you.
 
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Well, I don't know about the money laundering part.

And the rest is largely explained by being in 9th grade. He probably will grow out of it in time.

Well, okay, you can make it fairly well in physics and still be as self-righteous jerk. You just have to learn when to turn it off (i.e. in front of your adviser). But really, there's a lot of politics in academia, and funding can be very dependent on the connections you develop. Which also directly impacts your chances of ever landing a faculty position, or making it through to tenure and one of those jobs that is actually making the upper-middle-class incomes. And really, it's the same thing outside of academia in one form or another - humans are social animals. So it's best to alienate as few people as possible. You may notice that even the professors and grad students that aren't exactly personable are still reasonably polite.

A good article (if written by a CS grad):

http://www.cs.unc.edu/~azuma/hitch4.html
 
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.............and thread locked. I dont know whats worse, thinkies comments or you guys wasting 9 pages on him when he wont listen to you.

I know I often exaggerate, but hey, I did consider some advices ;)...

And..hmm yea 9 pages...didn't expect it..
 
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Chroot, to play the devil's advocate, not thinking about careers when I was in high school got me into a whole lot of trouble. I ended up coming out with a GPA of 2.0 and then going to a university that's not very competitive with an incredibly understaffed physics program (imagine two professors trying to teach an entire set of physics classes). Not to say that you need to punch out specifics right away, but it's good to have an idea of what you want to do, just for the sake of motivation, even if you do change your mind a lot.

On the other hand, thinkies, I can't imagine the high school math class you take is going to have any effect on your career path. I didn't even know any math beyond basic algebra when I started college and I was able to start calculus in my second year.
 
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I think you need to focus on your studies rather than fantasize about what you will want to be doing in the future. The reality is you haven't been exposed to any of these courses at anything but a superficial level, and studying them for real will change your whole perspective. Introductory astronomy certainly has that effect on many, including my foolish self at one point :)

A double major in physics and biology? No, you won't pull that off. Stop dreaming. You may choose biophysics, which is the closest such thing. I can guarentee you that you will not do a double MD / PhD in medicine and physics, the fields are simply too demanding. You wouldn't even get through undergrad with that route. I'm sorry if that sounds discouraging but its a reality. In my opinion, I'd go with biology... simply because your parent's are physicians and its likely that kind of knowledge runs in your blood. But either way its too early to decide.

As for now? You can easily take all the sciences and maths in high school. Bio, chem, physics, maths, can all easily be done. I imagine by then you will lean towards one discipline, and in your first year of university you will again do all four - by then you will certainly know your direction.

You just gotta relax and settle down. Learn as much as you can in highschool. And get your head out of space. Focus on the present.
 
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In my opinion, I'd go with biology... simply because your parent's are physicians and its likely that kind of knowledge runs in your blood.

The rest of your post was spot on but...what???
 
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The rest of your post was spot on but...what???

OMG my parents are not physicist, this dude (Howers)is misinterpreting the information ^.^...My parents are DOCTORS and I want to be a astronomer, not a physicist...(although at some point in this thread I may have mentioned becoming physicist, my initial idea was astrophysicist...but i think astronomy suits me better, as of now)

Hope it clarifies...
 
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OMG my parents are not physicist, this dude (Howers)is misinterpreting the information ^.^...My parents are DOCTORS and I want to be a astronomer, not a physicist...(although at some point in this thread I may have mentioned becoming physicist, my initial idea was astrophysicist...but i think astronomy suits me better, as of now)

Hope it clarifies...

He said physicians, not physicists..... A physician is a doctor.... His comment was that because both your parents are doctors you may have a more natural inclination towards the subject, and this is the point with which there is disagreement.
 
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If only knowledge did run in your blood... getting a transfusion would be much easier than studying!
 
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If only knowledge did run in your blood... getting a transfusion would be much easier than studying!

Could always hide behind the faculty club at night with a hypodermic...:rofl:
 
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The rest of your post was spot on but...what???

Sorry let me clarify. Looking back, it looks like I'm reviving Lamarckian genetics :p

What I meant to say is, seeing as his parents are physicians it is genetrically more probable that he will succeed in a biology, because his parents shared success in that field. Some people are just better at certain subjects, and this talent is usually genetic. Ontop of that, he will have someone to turn to when the going gets tough.

Either way, take this with a grain of salt because as I (and dozens before me) already said its too early to do anything.

OMG my parents are not physicist, this dude (Howers)is misinterpreting the information ^.^...My parents are DOCTORS and I want to be a astronomer, not a physicist...(although at some point in this thread I may have mentioned becoming physicist, my initial idea was astrophysicist...but i think astronomy suits me better, as of now)

Hope it clarifies...

Physician is the proper word for medical doctor, because a doctor is really anyone with a PhD. You are the one whos misinterpreting. I know you said astrophysicist, but before you can become an astrophysist you really need to become a physicst. Its in grad school you really delve into astrophyiscs.
 
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@Hower

Sorry, I misunderstood what you said. I didn't read your comment properly...Unfortunately, even despite the academic success I have in biology classes, it's just not a passion. I absolutely hate when it comes to stuff like heart, digestive system, lymphatic system, etc etc etc. Also, other fields that are related with bio and physics aren't that interesting (biophysics).

Thanks.
 
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What I meant to say is, seeing as his parents are physicians it is genetrically more probable that he will succeed in a biology, because his parents shared success in that field. Some people are just better at certain subjects, and this talent is usually genetic.

Is there any scientific backing to that? Both my parents are lawyers. I once acted as a lawyer in a mock trial in school, and I was terrible at it. Neither of my parents have any talent in physics, yet that's what I pursued. Maybe physics is a recessive gene? :wink:
 
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Is there any scientific backing to that? Both my parents are lawyers. I once acted as a lawyer in a mock trial in school, and I was terrible at it. Neither of my parents have any talent in physics, yet that's what I pursued. Maybe physics is a recessive gene? :wink:

:smile: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Is there any scientific backing to that? Both my parents are lawyers. I once acted as a lawyer in a mock trial in school, and I was terrible at it. Neither of my parents have any talent in physics, yet that's what I pursued. Maybe physics is a recessive gene? :wink:

Yeah, that's my point. I'd like to see a source on that, because it sounds quite intriguing!
 
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Maybe physics is a recessive gene? :wink:
Not surprising. Most genetically-inheritable defective conditions are recessive, after all. :wink:

I'm a physicist (well, my degree is in physics) and my father-in-law was a physicist. That should be enough to overcome the recessive nature of the physics gene, right? None of my kids (all in college) want to be physicists. One wants to be a Navy Seal!
 
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Professor

I am going to be an entering freshman in the field of astrophysics this coming year, personally, the reason that I find astrophysics to be both fun and fiscally sound as a decision, is because I plan to move out of the country, where physicians are payed significantly less (France, Switzerland, or Germany I hope). This may not occur to many people, and you may not be moving out of the country, but it is an interesting reason to keep considering physics.
 
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How much are the malpractice insurance premiums for an astrophysics Ph.D.?

;)
 
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But also, since i am going to uni quit some years after(im only in 9th!), i was wondering if time can be a key-leader in pure astrophysics jobs....lets say demands get higher by 2025(year where i will be holding a phd in astrophysics)...?u know...with all those super claims of stuff with space related things that gonna happen by then..

Any thoughts?

you're in the 9th grade with a possible choice to be an astrophysicist?
 
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I am going to be an entering freshman in the field of astrophysics this coming year, personally, the reason that I find astrophysics to be both fun and fiscally sound as a decision, is because I plan to move out of the country, where physicians are payed significantly less (France, Switzerland, or Germany I hope). This may not occur to many people, and you may not be moving out of the country, but it is an interesting reason to keep considering physics.

Why would you want to move out of the country to get paid significantly less?
 
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Do asrtrophysicist need a really strong background in mathematics to get hired at it?
 
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I spend a lot of time with a medical physicist, he is in charge of all the radiologists and radioactive equip in a hospital he makes 150k with a PHD in physics.
 

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