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Physics Engineeering Physics after Civil Engg.

  1. Jun 13, 2012 #1
    Hey guys,I was wondering if a Masters in Engineering Physics degree would come in handy after a bachelors in Civil Engineering.
    I love physics in general,especially modern physics and its applications.
    I'm not too sure about modern physics applied in Civil Engineering Projects
    (Other than MAGLEV trains,nuclear powerplants).
    For a career,I'd rather not get into research or academia.But I'd love to work in industry.
    Honestly i'm not too bothered about the field as long as it involves applications of modern physics concepts which have great scope for implementation(or good money ;)).
    But since I'm almost done with Civil Engineering(dont ask me why i chose it!!)right know,I'd love to know some scope of modern physics in Civil Engineering.
    Please guys,do try and help me out here.I really appreciate it!!
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012
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  3. Jun 15, 2012 #2
    :frown:Thanks a Lot guys
  4. Jun 15, 2012 #3


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    Hey vish22 and welcome to the forums.

    I don't know if this would necessarily be a good decision in terms of getting jobs.

    Employers prefer to have people that stick to things and have a particular focus/direction, and this can be ascertained somewhat from seeing whether you have multiple degrees and whether they are in similar or otherwise disjoint fields.

    The first thing I would do is find out if any kind of specializations, job roles, industries, and so on, have requirements that really make use of this masters degree.

    More importantly, you have to understand what skills are absolutely essential and really judge whether employers would hire you only on the basis of this, or whether they would hire anyone else with a different qualification that could learn the skills quickly given their backgrounds.

    I think you will find that you may be worse off with more education, and you should get some really solid advice from people in the know (employers, engineers both young graduates and senior ones) after finding any relevant specializations for civil.
  5. Jun 15, 2012 #4
    Thanks Chiro,i really appreciate it.I understand what you're saying hence i asked if an engg. physics masters could relate with Civil in any way whatsoever.Also,I'm considering a more "Energy generation" related field,would it help in that respect?
  6. Jun 15, 2012 #5


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    Energy generation is a little broad because there are a variety of sources of energy that include stored and mobile-energy technologies (i.e. batteries and movable ones like generators) as well as non-mobile energy sources. The other thing is that energy research is tightly controlled in terms of resources (like much of science).

    You should see, if you want to get into this, what the DOE (if you are in the states) does and find partners, networking opportunities that the DOE has at its disposal, since they watch this thing like a hawk.

    Also for energy generation, you have physicists and engineers in which engineers usually apply the kinds of technologies that are often well published and well known and not in an experimental phase.

    For energy research if you were to get into something more experimental/scientific like, I would see about opportunities in the national labs, defence research, existing energy conglomerates (they do spend a tiny bit on this kind of thing), and also in some of the accelerators including the linear and cyclotrons.

    For engineering as opposed to pure science, I would say defence and existing conglomerates as a purely educational guess would be better to aim for, but again do your own research and check things for yourself since you are the one that will be affected by your decisions.
  7. Jun 15, 2012 #6
    Thanks again Chiro.So yeah,even if I were to go for EP,it wouldn't be too promising because as you said,employers look for specific direction,and any type of energy generation field would easily hire specialists as opposed to EP grads.
    Crap,I'm stuck with dealing with Mud!!!!:eek: FML! :mad:
    Thanks anyways,I'll try to figure out something.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2012
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