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Having trouble deciding my masters (and by extension, my future)

  1. Dec 9, 2016 #1
    Hey there, i guess i just need to ventilate some and see what people think about my situation and about the choices i have.

    First of all i must say that i am from Sweden and therefore i have conditions that few other people have. I get my education for free and i am free to chose whatever field i'd like to. Unlike some of my friends from earlier days in my life, i have actually taken this opportunity and have studied electrical engineering for quite some time now and just today i was given a bachelor thesis project to do (at my uni we apply for some projects available (you can suggest your own projects as well) and then you're given one depending on your previous academic results, i.e. you compete with other students for the spots at the project you want in on).

    The problem i have is chosing the masters programme which i would attend, the type of programme i am enrolled in makes you take a bachelor AND a masters, you need both to graduate. I am torn between a future as an engineer or one as a physicist.

    I am leaning towards either a masters programme called "wireless, photonics and space-engineering", which is basically like antennas and signals and stuff, and the other programme is one called "physics and astronomy" where you either specialize in theoretical, experimental or astrophysics.

    The first one would give me more opportunities to work out in the industry as an engineer and make some sick money but the other one i think would be way more fun but i'd not have as many career-opportunities (getting a phd after would be the next step, naturual continuation of the masters) and i guess i'd not get the same pay i would get as an engineer.

    I'm basically torn and i don't know what to do. Thoughts?

    P.S (and yes, on my e.engineering programme we take alot of physics and i have taken extra courses in physics, such as quantum mechanics etc etc to be better prepared for the physics-master if i end up choosing it)

    P.P.S (and yes, i also get that you guys here may be biased)
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  3. Dec 10, 2016 #2
    The real question seems to be what do YOU value more. The career opportunities of electrical engineering, or your passion for physics? Only you can answer this for yourself.
  4. Dec 11, 2016 #3
    It's so haaard :( I mean, with the engineering-masters i'll have a way higher salary and the stability a full time employment provides, but the physics one seems more fun :(
  5. Dec 11, 2016 #4


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    What information are you basing this conclusion on? All the data I've seen seems to indicate that on average, physics graduates earn salaries that aren't all that different from engineering graduates when they get into the workplace.
  6. Dec 11, 2016 #5
    Maybe i should also say that i am choosing between engineering degree in the industry, or taking the physics one and staying in academia, then the salary is lower.
  7. Dec 11, 2016 #6
    I think that depends on whether you go into industry or academia. Industry will probably almost always be more lucrative.
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