Physics degrees and marketability

  • Thread starter grady
  • Start date
70
2
I am on schedule to graduate with a B.S. in Physics after Fall semester 2003. It will have taken 3 years and one semester from start to finish, and it dawned on me over spring break that I might supplement the physics with computer or electrical engineering. So I calculated it out and it will take 5 years and 1 semester to get the dual degree. If I don't get the dual, I want to go to get a master's degree in applied physics. Which will take 2 or 3 years in itself. I know I don't want a PhD because all of the sources I've looked up say it takes on average 5 to 6.5 years to earn. I don't want to be 29 before I can get a job, that really bothers me, so the PhD is out of the question for me really. So from all of you guys who have gotten degrees in physics or know others that have phys. degrees or know anyting about this kind of stuff how would you compare the marketability of something like physics plus computer engineering B.S.'s with physics and a some ( more that likely ) condensed matter centric applied physics master's degree? Would a master's degree in applied physics or some type of EE be great, good or so so if I had earned the dual degree in phys. and EE or computer engineering? Thanks for the input.

-Grady
 
181
1
As a student of Computer Science & Engineering, I can say this will be great for you. As I found when we wanna design a graphical application, which is geometry related or Game Development which is very much physics dependent needs the depth knowledge of motion and many other math related things. So you can take a chance to work in that area..........
 

GENIERE

I don't see a dual degree increasing your marketability. I would check out getting a masters in engineering. Computor engineeering was not available in my time, but would it not mean just a few more courses than when pursuing a masters in physics? It would improve your marketing for either career choice.

Regards
 
46
0
I don't know about the degree, but when it comes to marketability, the more you have to offer, the better.
Plus, if there are any internships, volunteer positions, etc., you could do, that would also increase your chances of finding a job. But that advice applies to ANY degree...
 
46
0
I don't know about the degree, but when it comes to marketability, the more you have to offer, the better.
Plus, if there are any internships, volunteer positions, etc., you could do, that would also increase your chances of finding a job. But that advice applies to ANY degree...
 

Related Threads for: Physics degrees and marketability

  • Posted
Replies
24
Views
27K
  • Posted
Replies
1
Views
3K
  • Posted
Replies
22
Views
650
  • Posted
2 3
Replies
50
Views
5K
  • Posted
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • Posted
Replies
13
Views
2K
  • Posted
Replies
4
Views
3K

Physics Forums Values

We Value Quality
• Topics based on mainstream science
• Proper English grammar and spelling
We Value Civility
• Positive and compassionate attitudes
• Patience while debating
We Value Productivity
• Disciplined to remain on-topic
• Recognition of own weaknesses
• Solo and co-op problem solving

Hot Threads

Top