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Earnings of physicsist, and best places for research

  1. Jun 18, 2007 #1
    Is there anybody who know how much a physic can earn and where is the best most payed place to work as a researcher?
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2007 #2

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    A physic in the sense of a Medæval word for doctor - not much you generally get paid in leeches.
    A physicist on the other hand depends what work you do!
    Top salary is probably as a 'quant' on Wall street should make a few 100,00 post-doc is probably the lowest professional salary.
    Generally you should make about the same as other engineering professionals in industry.

    The best place to work depends on you.
    I have enjoyed being at world class institutions making the first measuremen of X - where you get a Natue cover story. But I also like being the 'brains' guy at a small startup technology company where I'm the one people come to asking 'is it possible to do X'.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2007 #3
    no, i meant in which country a physicist can easily find a well payed job . I am form Italy and here the situation is not very good. So i was considering to go abroad to work but i don't know where i should look for a better situation ..
     
  5. Jun 18, 2007 #4
    in Portugal of course XD...i'm kiddin....maybe in the US or in the northern European states
     
  6. Jun 18, 2007 #5

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    Sorry misunderstood -
    Most european countries are fairly similair - fewer industrial / technical jobs and more service / IT / banking.
    You speak english so the UK is probably a good start, Cambridge is probably worth looking at at. Or you could move to Milan/Turino - lots of high tech industry and you still get to eat decent food!
    If you are a recent graduate then graduate training schemes from multinational employers are probably easiest - if you have some years of experience try a recruitment agency.
    The USA is more difficult because of visa requirements (look into H1B), probably only practical if you work for a multinational and are transferred.
     
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