Nuclear Physics: Money & Research Potential

In summary, if you're interested in physics for the money, you may not be happy. However, if you want to study something that will be interesting and helpful in the future, nuclear physics may be a good option.
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barthayn
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What field of physics is a good field to get into for money and research? I personally think it will be nuclear, however, that may mean that I need chemistry which I am bad at. I believe this will be a field to get into because the United States will be more dependent on nuclear energy in the near future.
 
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If you're going into Physics for the money you aren't going to be happy. Re-evaluate your priorities and go from there.
 
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Perhaps he's just interested in physics and wants to be financially well off. I have lots of interests, wouldn't it be reasonable to study the ones that make the most sense financially (and intellectually too)?
 
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I want to study physics. I got accepted into university for it. I want to be well off financially. I want to know which would be a better career. What do you guys think?
 
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barthayn said:
I want to study physics. I got accepted into university for it. I want to be well off financially. I want to know which would be a better career. What do you guys think?

fss is correct, if money is a significant motivator for you, then physics probably won't be a good choice as a major. There are other fields (law, business, medicine, etc.) that generally pay better and are not as difficult.

But maybe I misunderstand what you're saying...what do you mean by, "well off financially"?
 
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Hello!
I have the same question as in title, so I didn't want to open a new post. Sorry, barthayn for walking all over your your post.
But to answer your question: If you really like physics and you're in it for the money, then I guess your best bet is something with medical physics. Machinery, appliances or methods. There will always be money in pharmaceutical companies and they are always in demand for physicists also.
To get to my question: I recently graduated from physics and it took me 4 years of thinking where do I see myself and I still haven't found my field of research. Thats probably the reason I am going to go for masters degree. I took on elementary particle physics course because I found it most interesting, but it was just a quick pick, I honestly don't know what field in physics I'm interested in, or what should I do with my degree. I know a bachelor degree is not much in physics but I don't care. I would just like to find myself, what field would suit me. I know I choose the right collage and subject, physics is awsome.
So it would be really helpful if you could suggest how do I find my field, or how you found what you are intereted in and how you figured that out.
Thanks,
cheers!
 
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1. What is nuclear physics and why is it important?

Nuclear physics is the study of the structure and behavior of atomic nuclei, as well as the particles and forces that make up them. It is important because it helps us understand the fundamental properties of matter and energy, which has practical applications in areas such as energy production, medical imaging and treatment, and national security.

2. How much money is invested in nuclear physics research?

The exact amount of money invested in nuclear physics research varies depending on the country and specific projects, but it is estimated to be in the billions of dollars globally each year. In the United States, the Department of Energy's Office of Science budget includes a significant portion dedicated to nuclear physics research.

3. What are some current research topics in nuclear physics?

Some current research topics in nuclear physics include studying the properties of rare and unstable isotopes, developing new methods for nuclear waste management, and exploring the potential of nuclear fusion as a clean and sustainable energy source. Other areas of research include nuclear astrophysics, nuclear medicine, and nuclear security.

4. How does the research potential of nuclear physics impact society?

The research potential of nuclear physics has a significant impact on society in various ways. The development of nuclear energy has provided a reliable and efficient source of electricity, while advancements in medical imaging and treatment have improved healthcare. Additionally, nuclear physics research has contributed to our understanding of the universe and has potential applications in space exploration and national defense.

5. What are the potential risks associated with nuclear physics and how are they being addressed?

The potential risks associated with nuclear physics include nuclear accidents, proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the safe disposal of nuclear waste. These risks are being addressed through strict regulations, safety protocols, and ongoing research and development to improve nuclear technology. International cooperation and communication are also key factors in addressing these risks and ensuring the safe and responsible use of nuclear physics research.

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