Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The education of physics degree. . . and jobs.

  1. Aug 28, 2010 #1
    I love watching documentaries on that which utilizes physics principles and since I lost my job, I have pondered the idea of going to get a second degree. A part of me thinks how great it would be to go into a physics type degree, but I know that means the highest level math would be required. I did pretty well in the lower level math classes, but didn't get into the more cerebral types and I must admit that I find the posibility of being in such a class quite daunting. When I watch documentaries, they often have very advanced equations writen down, and to me, I don't see how I could ever wrap my mind around it. Now, I know that they [the physicists] have many years of "gradually increasing difficulty" math in their past as they attained their knowledge, . . . but I have to wonder if some people's minds are predisposed to being good at math where others would never be able to "get it".

    Having said that, . . . I am open to the possibility that a physics degree would be difficult to transfer to a good paying job, so the second part of this thread has to do with. . . "what would I do WITH a physics type degree"?

    I appreciate your input.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 28, 2010 #2
    This topic comes up once a week - I did a quick search and found these threads. The general consensus is a counter question to yours of "what do YOU want to do with your degree?"

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=338504

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=156268&highlight=physics+degree

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=209590&highlight=physics+degree

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=376056&highlight=physics+degree

    Keep searching around there's plenty of these threads. Good luck.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2010 #3
    Definitely those links address the second question. However, the first question is more important.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Aug 28, 2010 #4
    Normally questions have a question mark (?), I only see one question mark in your thread. :tongue2: I'll assume that you mean the "but I have to wonder if some people's minds are predisposed to being good at math where others would never be able to "get it"." part. So in that case, I found this thread.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=312073

    Good luck.
     
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook