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Programs PhD in Mechanical Engineering vs Physics?

  1. Jan 24, 2013 #1
    Would a doctorate in mechanical engineering help at all? Would one be able to easily find a job as opposed to a doctorate in physics? In addition, which one would generally have the more favorable salary?

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  3. Jan 24, 2013 #2
    a phd in MechE is great for jobs, depending on what specialty within MechE you choose. there's alot of directions that have little to do with each other.
  4. Jan 28, 2013 #3
    You sound like you'd be much better off just going into industry. For the vast majority of industry mechanical engineering jobs a PhD isn't much use.
  5. Jan 28, 2013 #4


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    If your PhD is part of a research project sponsored by a company, then both you and the company will get a few years to learn about each other, that might lead to a job offer.

    But there's no guarantee of that happening, and if it doesn't - what Shaun_W said.
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