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Need help choosing a track in physics major

  1. Oct 12, 2016 #1
    Hello everyone!
    So within my major I can choose from various specializations, but I'm not sure what one would carry me the farthest in my career. I was wondering if I could get some advice on what I could do with these specific tracks before I make the final decision on which one to study. They are as follows:
    1. Materials Physics
    2. Optics and Lasers
    3. Computational Physics
    4. Astronomy
    I already plan on minoring in astronomy, but I'm not sure what specialization would make me better stand out in the work force.
    Thank you all in advance for the advice!
     
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  3. Oct 12, 2016 #2

    Choppy

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    It's difficult to offer much advice based on the name of the tracks alone. A lot depends on the details such as the specific coursework involved in each route, and of course your own strengths and interests.
     
  4. Oct 13, 2016 #3
    For general employability, I would lean toward computational physics. In industry, my programming skills were my most valuable asset.

    A physics major with strong programming skills will always have much better and broader job opportunities than one without.
     
  5. Oct 13, 2016 #4
    That's what I was thinking as well, but I still wanted to gather some more insight on the matter to help me make a good choice. I'll start researching computational physics more to see if it's right for me. Thank you!
     
  6. Oct 13, 2016 #5
    I'm still looking into it, but we get a lot of speaker regarding optical physics and several companies sought out some of the seniors who graduated last year.
     
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