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Physics For those of you who found a job with just a B.Sc in physics

  1. Mar 12, 2012 #1
    I'm just curious, but what exactly are you doing?
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  3. Mar 12, 2012 #2
    After getting my BS I worked in a private lab for about 3 years. I would say my job was about 50% lab monkey (clean, organize, etc) and 50% research technician (plan/run experiment, document etc). I found the job networking within the physics dept I got my degree at.

    Eventually I left and went back to grad school.
  4. Mar 12, 2012 #3
    I got a job as a health physicist and am now a radiation safety officer.
  5. Mar 12, 2012 #4
    An acquaintance of mine completed their B.S. in Physics and then got a Medical Physics "Assistant" position such as this one.
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    I don't know if this counts, but after a BS in Physics, I got an MSEE and went to work in microelectronics.
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    I've worked in R&D labs.

    First I was in a paper physics lab, doing lab work like setting up and running experiments. Corrugated boxes, milk cartons, that sort of thing.

    Then I worked in a resin R&D lab - basically the same kind of work, but with stickier stuff :biggrin:.

    That job (and a significant amount of relevant coursework) allowed me to work at my current job as a Chemist.

    But I'm transitioning now to Civil Engineering.
  8. Mar 12, 2012 #7
    Just curious here: how are you trying to make that transition? Through another job, or are you trying to get an additional degree?
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    Kind of both. Where I work, there are a lot of engineers, and I'm hoping that my pestering them with questions will help me move toward that kind of work. But that really depends on market forces (our lab is heavily dependent on US residential building, which is not nearly recovered yet).

    Also I'm taking undergrad CE courses, in preparation for entering a CE master's program (haven't really decided on that yet, but I'm enjoying the classes!).
  10. Mar 23, 2012 #9
    Aren't most civil engineers in the US required to get a PE license eventually? If so, wouldn't that be impossible in your case since you need a Bachelor's for that?
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