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Physicist: Academic career or Science (Non-Academic)?

  1. Jan 1, 2009 #1
    I am interested in being a physicist, but I want to know what kinds of careers most theoretical physicists pursue. If I want the opportunity to do research and further advance our knowledge and understanding of physics, should I pursue a career in academia? Would I get a chance to do that working for government or industry?

    I know it's a somewhat vague question, but thank you very much for your help!
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  3. Jan 2, 2009 #2


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    The most direct path, with the most intellectual freedom is academia. Generally once you branch out into industry or government positions the work has a more specific purpose, however lots of interesting work comes out of applied science.
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