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Physics What skills should someone aspiring with for a PhD in Physics acquire?

  1. Sep 28, 2011 #1
    Right now I'm a sophomore majoring in physics and I honestly don't have very many skills. I am great with computer/electronics repair and networking(as a hobby), but that's about it. I kind of wish I learned some of these skills earlier, so that they would be even better by now. Which is what I am trying to do at this moment.

    I don't know what I want to do with Physics, but I know I like it. I want to contribute something to society in one way or another, but in order to do that while making a living I need to be employable.

    So I was wondering what kind of skills do people who hire Physics PhDs look for? The only thing I can think of is MATLAB, which I don't know anything about, but I see everywhere. Are any computer languages good to master? C++ is a requirement for me, so I was wondering if that would be a good language to get really good at.

    I basically want to start acquiring skills now, so that when I am done with school, I will have a large variety of skills.

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  3. Sep 29, 2011 #2
    If you do physics as undergrad then do applied math/computer science for grad school then it will be easy to get employed by a company that develops software (engineering software, FEA, game engines, etc)
  4. Sep 29, 2011 #3
    1) Learn to program.
    2) Take humanities classes seriously. Learn history, literature, philosophy, etc.
    3) Stay curious and ask deep questions
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