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Math CAREERS in physics/engg/math

  1. Mar 11, 2004 #1
    Hi All...
    I read ur post just when i had decided to start a new topic called CAREER... I'm currently doing act sci from university fo waterloo (first year coop) but the problem is i THINK i'm not interested in act sci and more interested in physics... i certainly can't take physics coz i'm convinced i won't end up in a good job. I'm currently thinking of switchin to system design engg... when you did your research, did you have anything on this? Please let me know coz i'm all so confused whether or not to switch... my priorities are a gr8 job (earning over CAN $150 grands within 8 years) coz i have soooo many expensive hobbies to take care of.... and then i also want to do something i really like... i'm having so much trouble balancing both of these....
    SO SOME! HELPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. Mar 12, 2004 #2
    Hey u guys I hav this prob too.
    All u guys in physics forums who are in a pure science stream or are physicsts please help me. I'm very interested in physics, and I'd like to major in physics. The problem is if I don't make it big with the research , I'll end up in some unknown university teaching some boring course, for the same reason my family insists on a enghineering course. So is it worth majoring in physics (I know it will give me the satisfaction of studing physics, but materialisticaly imean). what are the job opportunities. Since I'm not a good orator I dont think lecturing is rifht for me.
    So please help me all u pure science grads, profs please guide me from ur experience
  4. Mar 13, 2004 #3
    Personally after a Ph.D in Physics I hope to get a research job at an organization like NASA or CERN.. I know there aren't many, but if they are going to hire somebody to do the job, why not me?
  5. Mar 13, 2004 #4
    Don't choose your career because of your wallet. Would you rather spend the rest of your life miserable in order to make a few thousand dollars more a year? Anyway, physicists have a LARGE amount of career choices.. it isn't only research or teaching. It is one of the most versatile degrees you can possess.
  6. Mar 13, 2004 #5
    I totally agree money is not everything but for a person like me i cna't like on anything less than 100 grands a year... i hate bargaining, waiting for discounts and promotions.... i just know want i want and i want it rite when i want it. I have so many hobbies like rc planes, world tours... all that i can't do as a student but want to do it all when i'm working...
    But i have this f**king strong desire to learn ALL THE PHYSICS IN THE WORLD and i have no idea how i can get both "money" and "physics" to meet....
    getting a phd and a research job is not all that easy... even being a prof is not easy... u have to gain loads of fellowships b4 u can earn well as prof.... ur social life is screwed.... research a bit on the web and u'll find so many phd's unemployed....
    umemployment is widespread even in engg... except if u do engg from some good univ. and have xperience... and all htat...
    thats y i thot it'd be best if i stayed in math and pursued physics more as hobby....
    what do u guys think.... (I REALLY DONT MIND IF U guys call me MONEY MINDED AND REMARKS LIKE THAT... U'RE WELCOME... simple coz i dont wanna be close minded about this and b convinced that i'm all rite and others r all wrong...)
    All my life i was 10000% sure i was gonna be an aeronautical or aerospace engg. even if i hardly get paid... but donno what happend in my final year of school.... i changed my mind and took up math along with a friend (by math i mean actuarial science)....
    i'm all confused now... not sure what to do... stay or leave
  7. Mar 14, 2004 #6
    Yeah actuaries are fairly well paid, and they have to have a descent understanding of maths. Physics is not well paid though. Maybe you should head down the easier finance route and you will soon forget your juvenile love for science as you mature and really begin to realise that money is more important.
  8. Mar 14, 2004 #7
    Please tell me you're joking?
  9. Mar 14, 2004 #8
    what the hell are u talking about. How can I have any satisfation in a non scientific career.
    This thread was about having both a scientific job and earning enough for one's livelihood, do suggest that I make money my life's sole purpose. And what the hell do u mean by juvenille love?? and money is more imporatant?? what the hell are guys like u doing on physics forums.
  10. Mar 14, 2004 #9
    delta, plus's sarcasm is so thick you couldn't cut it with a knife.

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