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What is the most competitive field in USA?

  1. Nov 26, 2007 #1
    What is the most competitive and least competitive field in USA?

    Is it Astronomy? Astrophysics?

    Is it condensed matter physics?

    Is it high energy / nuclear physics?

    or Bio physics ?
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2007 #2
    Heh. Law, of course!
     
  4. Nov 26, 2007 #3
    I mean physics fields
     
  5. Nov 26, 2007 #4
    Depending on how specialized you make your subfield, it's easy to find physics fields with well under 1000 people in them. Competitive might not be the best descriptor?
     
  6. Nov 26, 2007 #5

    robphy

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    Define competitive... including criteria (funding? new-faculty opportunities? postdoc opportunities? etc).
     
  7. Nov 26, 2007 #6

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    profesional basketball, hands down, is more competitive than any of those areas you mentioned. those graduate programs are begging for students, and in pro bball, fantastic players are looking for a living.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2007 #7
    Do I laugh or cry..? :rolleyes:

    By the way.. Are astronomy/astrophysics programs really begging for students, I always thought these were sort of popular fields but that might just be because I've always like them?
     
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  9. Nov 27, 2007 #8
    Is this the best answer you can give?
     
  10. Nov 27, 2007 #9
    why do you want to know whats the most competitive??? chose any field, and you ll ofcourse find competition if you are good
     
  11. Nov 27, 2007 #10
    You've got three posts saying your question is too vague. Is that the best clarification you can give?
     
  12. Nov 27, 2007 #11
    if my question is too vague,simply don't answer. People who can answer have already answered and will answer. I understand the competition(popularity) depends on state and university and I just want personal opinions. I'm simply asking about the opportunities for those fields.
     
  13. Nov 27, 2007 #12

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  14. Nov 28, 2007 #13
    Well, if a meteor having entered through the ceiling of the McDonald's on Louisiana and Austin wipes out every known name in a certain field of physics, then I would say it was a competitive field.
     
  15. Nov 29, 2007 #14

    mathwonk

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    you have a lot of nerve to be asking for help and also criticizing the responses you get. if you diss the advice you get for free, find your own answers. you are not providing anything of value here, so we will not suffer from incurring your displeasure.
     
  16. May 2, 2010 #15
    Probably Engineering.
     
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