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Differences between Industry and Academia

  1. Jul 30, 2012 #1
    Hi all,
    I'm a rising sophomore studying applied physics at a top university in the USA, and I've been considering whether or not to pursue graduate school, and beyond that, deciding between a life in academia vs. industry. I'm surrounded by a lot of academics (naturally), but have much less contact with physicists working in industry. Can anyone here provide a (maybe not-so) brief overview of differences between the two? Specifically, any significant differences in education or professional experience needed to pursue a career in industry, and differences in the working life in industry vs. academia, etc. Responses would be greatly appreciated! :D
     
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  3. Jul 31, 2012 #2

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  4. Jul 31, 2012 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    My perspective:

    In industry, you are told what to do and you don't have to figure out how to get a paycheck. In academic research, you can do whatever you want as long as you can get someone to pay you (and fund your lab, if you do experimental work).
     
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