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Graduate School Reputation & Industry Job Market for Physics PhD

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    (I've been reading PF for years now, and decided I should finally contribute. Unfortunately, my first significant post is a question, but I hope that will change in the near future!)

    I'm graduating in May with a double major in Physics and Mathematics, and I have a couple offer for graduate school in the fall. Unfortunately, I did VERY poorly on the Physics GRE (no point in making excuses), so I was only accepted into two of the seven schools to which I applied, both safeties. I'm thinking about accepting the offer at a decent graduate program at a large private university ranked in the 60s (US News).

    I am confident that I can retake the physics GRE and score significantly higher, thus drastically improving my chances at higher ranked schools (I was wait-listed at a top ten school this time around, with my abysmal physics gre score).

    I don't want to delay graduate school another year, but at the same time, I don't want to severely limit my opportunities post-graduation.

    The big question becomes: How much do employers for physics PhDs care about pedigree and prestige?

    (I'm asking strictly about industry, since I cannot picture myself staying in academia after my PhD)

    Thanks for any help!
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013
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  3. Mar 27, 2013 #2
    Over the past couple weeks I've realized how little I knew about graduate schools and industry. I chose to enroll this Fall.
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