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Physics degree

  1. Apr 14, 2013 #1
    I am 16 with a passion for physics, I am not by any means a genius but I am good at physics and best in the year (based on results). I've read on degree choices that a degree in physics is like a VIP pass to jobs as it shows you can think logically etc.
    some people in my class underestimate how hard being a doctor is but I am worried about if I'm clever enough to do a physics degree then a Phd. So my question is do you have to be a genius to do a Phd in physics or could I aim for it?
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  3. Apr 14, 2013 #2


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    I think that it was Einstein that said in reference to doing Physics, " it is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration". If you are willing and able to but in the effort you can learn physics.
  4. Apr 14, 2013 #3
    1.) Not really.

    2.) You won't know until you try, and by try I mean work hard and remain interested for a sustained length of time. The "10000 hours" argument to become an expert in something comes to mind.
  5. Apr 14, 2013 #4
    So what in asking is, I love the subject but would it be worth it to put that much effort in? As in what could I do after?
  6. Apr 14, 2013 #5
    Worth is entirely subjective, that is up to you to decide.

    After a BS, you can continue your education with a MSc in a related or unrelated field and you would be fairly competitive in the job market. Or get a phd. Just a BS isn't really a solid plan.
  7. Apr 14, 2013 #6
    The ultimate aim is to get a Phd and I was just wondering if that would be possible. Question before was asking what jobs would this lead me to?
  8. Apr 14, 2013 #7
    You don't have to be a 1 in a 100 million genius, if that is what you're asking.

    Go to webpages like APS and AIP's job register to see where phd holders and BS/MS holders end up working in the US.
  9. Apr 14, 2013 #8
    It depends on what you specialize in at the PhD level. Some specializations are more translatable into industry work while others are strictly academic. Academia is an option with a PhD no matter the specialization.
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