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Guidance needed about physics field and post-secondary education

  1. Sep 3, 2011 #1
    I am current attending my fifth year of High School to finish some courses and prepare for university. I am looking into an http://www.uwindsor.ca/futurestudents/programprofile/physics-honours-physics-honours-physics-physics-and-high-technology-honours-physics-m" [Broken] and then moving on to secure atleast a masters degree somewhere else. However my question is, what can I do with such a degree. Can I become an engineer after my bachelors degree in physics? What are the Job Opportunities like and who would you recommend something like this to. I have always found physics to be a very facinating subject, particularily Astrophysics and quantum mechanics. I have read a couple books (out of curiosity and general interest) from Michio Kaku (Physics of The Impossible as well as Hyperspace) and I generally find myself wandering the science section at book stores, browsing wikipedia articles and actually wanting to read physics textbooks from my university friends. I find everything from the structure and compostition of the universe, dark matter, the big crunch, super novae, magnetars all the way down to quarks, gluons, the weak-interaction, carbon nanotubes, string theory and all in between to quite astounding. I love finding out how the universe and its mechanics work and the theoretical work behind it all is quite astounding. However, while I clearly have the passion, I wonder what being a physicist is all about. Can I go off to the LHC and study high energy collisions lasting only fractions of a second, or would I be stuck moving around the continent searching for job opportunities like others suggest? I really need a push in the right direction, and any bits or tips at all as well as any suggestions would be quite helpful.

    Also for graduate programs I was looking into a multitude of courses at Waterloo or York universities such as Nanotechnology, Quantum Computing and astrophysics would be nice.

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