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  1. Aug 17, 2007 #1
    I dont know if this is appropriate here. But I just choose my GCSE options and they are 3rd science, geography and history, because they are my favourite. I am most interested in physics and want to travel alot. My dad is a Chief Electrician on a oil rig and said a good thing to do might be to do some sort of physics engineering and if I go with the right company could travel the world. Now I dont know if that made sense, but in my head it did. I was wondering if anyone could guide me on any specific careers or jobs which would include me traveling alot and involve physics? It would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. Aug 17, 2007 #2
    Sorry for double post, but if anyone does know, could you also post around what type of pay there would be. Just a curiosity.

  4. Aug 17, 2007 #3


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    Physics underlies a lot of engineering but if you want to go into engineering you might want to do an engineering degree. This is the most guaranteed direct path into a career.

    However, lots of companies hire physicists as general technical / project managers because they assume that physicists are fairly bright and can understand problems in a range of technical areas.
    Another option is to work for a technical consultancy where you will travel and work in lots of different industries trying to find solutions to their problems.
    Look at someone like Schlumberger (http://www.slb.com/) for an example of the range of careers.

    Most pay for physicsts isn't fantastic but you won't starve. A senior engineer, especially on something like a rig, will earn more.
  5. Aug 17, 2007 #4
    Hey, thanks alot for your reply, its appreciated. I was thinking of engineering on a rig as every man in my family has worked on a rig except my brother, but his current path looks like he will come across it :)

    Do you have any more info or a site on the senior engineer or anything like that, that I may look at?


  6. Aug 18, 2007 #5
    Hi Luke. I don't know if you were considering an academic career path, but this will also allow you to travel abroad. I just started last May as a graduate student in high energy astrophysics, and there are many opportunities for travel. Collaboration meetings are often held at varying locations around the world, so I will have the opportunity to go to many different places. Departments usually send professors (and their grad students) to conferences as well. So if you like to travel, I think this might be a good career path as well.
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