How Hard is it to find a research job with a Master's degree in Physics?

In summary: I think you would be better off obtaining a degree in engineering or physics, and then doing research as a post-graduate.
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Hello everyone, ever since I was little I wanted to go into the research field, I have a bachelor degree in physics but I actually wanted to major in engineering because I am more of a doer and I enjoy experimenting with things on hand, but I had to major in physics because in my country (Egypt) my score in high school couldn't get me to an engineering school.

to be honest, I think I am not that good at physics, I relied more on the mathematics that I know to get through college but I didn't really have a good grasp of the physical notion of things, Also I always had the problem with the courses that I studied in my major that I don't apply any of the theories that I take. I searched around to find majors that could combine physics and engineering and found two majors which are engineering physics and applied physics.

my question is does having a master's in applied physics or engineering physics can land me a job in research and is it really hard to land a job in research? , and what other jobs can these master's degrees provide me, giving that I might want to later do my Ph.D. but I don't want to be a professor or a teacher.
Also, what other advice that you can give me to help me land a job in research
 
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A job directing your own research program? For all intents and purposes, impossible. (I am sure someone will pipe in with an exception from 100 years ago)

Any job? Sure. But I don't think that's what you mean.
 
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You certainly won't qualify to head any research program with only a Master's degree. First there will be a supposition that you perhaps didn't have the horsepower to get a PhD. I think getting a Master's is usually not a good plan.
If you have an undergrad degree, get the most interesting job you can find and reassess after two years..
 
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hutchphd said:
You certainly won't qualify to head any research program with only a Master's degree. First there will be a supposition that you perhaps didn't have the horsepower to get a PhD. I think getting a Master's is usually not a good plan.
If you have an undergrad degree, get the most interesting job you can find and reassess after two years..
Thank you for replying to me, I am have worked several jobs since I graduated in 2017 I am now working as a teacher but I don't like at all and wanted to get a job may be as a research assistant
 
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I guess the question becomes one of saleable skills and income requirements and desire.. Do you want to do "hands on" activities? Are you mechanically adept? Do you want to learn more? Its not clear what you really want...seems like the first question to answer.
 
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hutchphd said:
I guess the question becomes one of saleable skills and income requirements and desire.. Do you want to do "hands on" activities? Are you mechanically adept? Do you want to learn more? Its not clear what you really want...seems like the first question to answer.
I want to do applications and I don't like theories, I want to learn more for sure. but I am not sure which direction to take what masters to apply to. I like programming and electronics but I am not sure which master's program I can apply to would have that other than electrical engineering but I don't have a background in EE.
 
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OP: In this thread, you've identified yourself as being in Egypt. In another thread, you expressed interest in engineering physics master's programs in Germany. You need to be careful. Career opportunities, and suitable degree requirements, will vary greatly with location. Also, it's not clear to me what you consider "research", when you make statements such as "but I actually wanted to major in engineering because I am more of a doer and I enjoy experimenting with things on hand" and "I want to do applications and I don't like theories".
 
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