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Careers in Quantum Mechanics?

  1. Oct 26, 2013 #1
    Over the past few weeks I have been attempting to research opportunities for specializing in quantum mechanics/quantum field theory or a related field such as particle physics. I was wondering what the best academic path would be for this field of study and what my chances are of finding a specialization involving quantum mechanics. If not, I would feel grateful if you also mentioned any related possible career choices.

    Thank you!
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  3. Oct 26, 2013 #2


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    How about quantum computers - ideal for experimentalists and theoreticians!
  4. Oct 26, 2013 #3
    welcome to forum
    Accelerator physics is a good one.
  5. Oct 26, 2013 #4
    Much of modern physics research uses quantum mechanics! So you have plenty of options.
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    actually, accelerator physics uses very little quantum mechanics...mostly classical EM and mechanics.
  7. Nov 7, 2013 #6
    As a soon-to-be math Ph.D. who's been working in non-relativistic mathematical quantum scattering theory, the dearth of responses to this question is a little disheartening :smile: What are we to do if we don't go into academia? What industries would be looking for someone with our skills? Are there any?
  8. Nov 7, 2013 #7


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    By definition a lot of academic research is ... academic. I am an electrical engineering PhD and I don't work in my graduate specialization at all either, so it isn't just mathematicians and physicists. You are learning how to attack hard problems, be self-guided and independent, as well as getting a deep understanding of some branch(es) of math (and in your case, some physics).

  9. Nov 8, 2013 #8
    In my experience, the places looking for your skills are mostly insurance and finance companies (like most math and physics phds). Its a tough sell to engineering companies.
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    Quantum3700, .
    Please let us know your level of school.

    If as I expect you are a high school student then the best thing you can do to prepare for a future in science or engineering is to become proficient in math. Take every class you can and strive to learn.

    I am locking this. When you return, hit the report button to have a mod re-open the thread.
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