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Physics Changing from humanities to physics -- help needed

  1. Mar 16, 2016 #1
    Hello all. This is my first thread.

    I am 23y/o male. After my high school I wanted to go for physics but due to family pressure I went for marine engineering but bailed out after two years as I find it boring and unappealing. After that I tried two and half year for a government job but lost motivation in the end. Again I feel that this career is not for me. I feel that I can thrive in field which is objective and logical. Meanwhile I finished my bachelors in sociology just for sake of graduation. I was always a science oriented guy and living a career in humanities is something I cannot digest. I am planning to again graduate in Physics and make a career in it. This was my dream since childhood. Though I am out of touch with physics since last few years but that is not my concern. My questions are-
    1- Is it already late for me to start a career in physics now?
    2- My motive is to go in research and experimental side of physics. So considering my age do you people think i am making a right choice?

    My career counsellor asked me to take advice from people already in this field.
    I highly appreciate your advice. Thank you.
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  3. Mar 16, 2016 #2
    You're only 23. That is still very young. Don't worry, you could still get a very nice career in physics.
  4. Mar 16, 2016 #3
    It's not too late to consider a career in physics, it's too early. You need to complete a physics BS and a PhD first. Then if you still want to pursue a career in physics you can do some post docs and try for a permanent position.

    But know that most physics grads, and even many or most PhDs cannot or do not get a career in physics. No one from my class in undergrad or grad school got a career in physics. If you decide to pursue a physics eduacation keep an open mind on where it may take you because statistically speaking it will probably not be a career in physics.
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