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Physics Career After BS in Physics

  1. Aug 5, 2011 #1
    I just completed my BS in Physics and Computer Science from a small university. I am looking for a research position or a research assistant position. Most of the jobs I see are looking for MS or PhD or postdoc researchers. I want to collect experience and earn some money (just a little to keep me alive for a year) and then want to join a graduate school after a year. Any suggestions, friends? Feel free to do feasibility analysis here :)
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  3. Aug 5, 2011 #2

    Vanadium 50

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    A BS in physics does not really qualify you for a "research position". (Just like a BS in history wouldn't)
  4. Aug 5, 2011 #3
    What other career options, you suppose, would be out there in general?
  5. Aug 5, 2011 #4

    Andy Resnick

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    I think the telling deficiency is that you did not specify *what* you want to research. It doesn't have to be specific, but the total lack of *any* specificity will make getting even a tech job difficult.
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    Pretty much whatever you think would be interesting. You'll have more or less luck getting a position depending on what it is, and who else applies for the job.
  7. Aug 9, 2011 #6
    Thanks for your reply. My interest is on Quantum Physics.
  8. Aug 9, 2011 #7
    Quantum physics is a little too broad a term and basically encompasses all modern physics. When people ask about research areas they're generally thinking something along the following list:

    Optics, condensed matter/solid state, cosmology, astronomy, atmospheric physics, medical physics, particle physics, nuclear physics, accelerator physics, computational, etc.
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