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Master's in Applied Physics?

  1. Feb 16, 2006 #1
    I'm only in my 2nd year of undergrad, but I'm already thinking about what I'll do after it. For a while now my plan has been to go get a Ph.D. in applied physics. But I keep thinking about how long that will take...

    So what about a Master's in applied physics? Is there still useful things I can do with that degree?

    Right now the thought of spending 7 extra years in school after undergrad scares me... I might change my mind (again) later, but I really want to know all of my options...
     
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  3. Feb 18, 2006 #2
    Ok, so how about a Ph.D. in applied physics? I was thinking of going into the private sector and doing experimental work. That's pretty feasible, right? I don't want to get stuck behind a chalkboard doing theory all day long. I COULD also teach at a Univeristy if I had to, I'm a pretty good tutor and it's not so bad, but I'd rather just to straight research or something.
     
  4. Feb 18, 2006 #3

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    Stick with the experimental side of physics. Look at programs where the thrust is in electro-optics or device physics. You'll have the opportunity to design, fabricate and test your device and it should be a decent thesis topic.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2006 #4
    I love designing things! Not artsy-fartsy stuff, but things that actually serve a purpose. Is there a good chance that I'll actually get to do that for a living, and not just push paper for someone else?
     
  6. Feb 18, 2006 #5

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    With lasing in silicon, the job market should be open for any and all research into its applications. What can be done with a truly integrated chip boggles my mind for future expansion of the electronic industry.
     
  7. Feb 18, 2006 #6
    I'll take that as a "Yes." :D
     
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