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

What is working in industry ?

  1. Oct 22, 2012 #1
    what is "working in industry"?

    I'm not understanding what people mean on here when they talk about working in industry. What exactly does that mean?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 22, 2012 #2

    Ryan_m_b

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor

    Re: Industry?

    Generally it's the difference between working for private companies and working in academia i.e. universities.
     
  4. Oct 22, 2012 #3

    lisab

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Re: Industry?

    Working for industry means working for an organization that is not government (government = academia, national lab, military, etc.).
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  5. Oct 22, 2012 #4
    Re: what is "working in industry"?

    Ok, so probably pretty much most jobs are in industry?
     
  6. Oct 22, 2012 #5

    russ_watters

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Re: what is "working in industry"?

    Depends on the country, but there is a healthy fraction in each.
     
  7. Oct 22, 2012 #6

    Evo

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Re: what is "working in industry"?

    There is an actual field designated as "industry" such as working in a specialty field such as manufacturing, although as mentioned it can mean just about anything, it would depend on the context of the discussion. Think about the automotive industry, for example.

    Here is a definition of "industry".

    http://smallbusiness.chron.com/definition-industrial-workplace-10039.html

    Of course people say things like working in the movie industry. So again, look for context, are they talking about working in an industrial job, or just referring to a particular generic field?
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  8. Oct 22, 2012 #7
    Re: Industry?

    Here, provincial utility companies are government owned. I think US utilities are more privately owned than government. So, I would still be able to say I work for industry even though if I am working for a government owned, utility company.
     
  9. Oct 22, 2012 #8
    Re: what is "working in industry"?


    That sounds like a fun job to design new products.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 22, 2012
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook