PhD: How important is it?

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Pretty much what the thread name is asking. How important is a PhD for a career in Physics?

Also, are physicists employed in the solar or nuclear industries? What are the prospects of getting a job in these industries like, and is a PhD vital for these careers?

Thanks,
Justin.
 

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Pretty much what the thread name is asking. How important is a PhD for a career in Physics?
For some positions, it's essential.

Also, are physicists employed in the solar or nuclear industries? What are the prospects of getting a job in these industries like, and is a PhD vital for these careers?
1) yes
2) it varies from year to year
3) Not really.
 
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Thanks for the prompt reply.

What are these positions that a PhD is essential for?

And

You said yes for 1)... Is it possible to give me some job titles/sections within these industries where physicist might be employed?

Thanks for your time,
Justin.
 
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What are these positions that a PhD is essential for?
Tenured faculty, for one. A lot of research positions at the national laboratories require a PhD, as well as some industry positions.
 
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Thanks for the prompt reply.

What are these positions that a PhD is essential for?

And

You said yes for 1)... Is it possible to give me some job titles/sections within these industries where physicist might be employed?

Thanks for your time,
Justin.
I would suggest that you look at the job advertisement in, say, the APS Career website, and see for yourself the type of jobs that are advertised that requires at Ph.D.

Zz.
 

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