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Careers in accelerator physics / engineering

  1. Apr 14, 2013 #1
    I've been reading up on accelerator physics and was surprised / interested to see there are huge industrial applications. Especially the factoid that only 4% of accelerators actually go towards research! I am pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering Physics degree (starting up next year hopefully), and I'm curious if a bachelors is sufficient to get hands on work in the accelerator field.

    Also, anyone have an idea of what kind of folk get to work with accelerators? e.g. are there lots of EE's or ME's, or is it largely physics M.sc and Phd's who are desirable as candidates? Is there even large demand for people who can work with accelerators or is there enough overflow from physics phd's that anything lower is non competitive?

    My school has an accelerator so there is a chance I can work with it during the degree (maybe), could be cool.

    Thanks for any info.
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