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Why are less people taking higher edu phys?

  1. Nov 28, 2005 #1
    why are the number of people taking physics at further and higher education decreasing? it was on the news. is there any particular reason, cause i think thats sad...
     
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  3. Nov 28, 2005 #2
    Alias25,

    Do you have any reports to back up this statement? I am not sure that it is true (not trying to say that what you are saying is false, I truly don't know).
    I don't have time to search through this stuff right now but for the US there is this information:
    http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/emptrends.html

    I know you are in the UK, so there may be a significant difference in the numbers between the UK and the US, but my hunch is that there will not be. Just a hunch.

    Oh yeah- don't believe everything you hear on the news or read in the papers. Do a little research and come to your own conclusions- it will make things much more meaningfull and concrete when evaluating the truthfulness of things.

    Cheers,
    Ryan
     
  4. Nov 28, 2005 #3
    You might be interested in reading some statistics from 2001 compiled by the IoP for the UK http://policy.iop.org/upinew/Stats-FINAL.pdf.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2005 #4

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  6. Nov 28, 2005 #5
    I can't really think of a reason for the decline at the moment. The part about a quarter of teachers not having a degree is pretty alarming, and that'a only going to get worse for the next few years it seems :(

    Maybe it's got something to do with too much stress in earlier years now being put on stupid things like Key Skills, and a general drift away from technical subjects like Physics in favour of vocational ones (or so I've heard)?
     
  7. Nov 28, 2005 #6
    The answer is real simple. Sadly, people are going into engineering or chemistry. There are more jobs for these professions. I'm a engineer and I'm realizing that I'm more of a physicist due to my insatiable curiosity. I realize that physicists don't do it for the money, but many engineers do engineering for the money.

    Modey3
     
  8. Nov 28, 2005 #7
    Engineer of what field, Modey?
     
  9. Nov 28, 2005 #8

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    I know when I get my job, I'll be doing it for the money ( of course I'm purposely omitting "I'm doing it for the love of it".) I'm making way too many sacrifices now > mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. And for that, it better pay off in the long run.
     
  10. Nov 29, 2005 #9
    I'm a Materials Engineer z-component.
     
  11. Nov 29, 2005 #10
    thanks.................I had great physics teachers I guess I was lucky. that article says that there arn't many good qualified physics teachers in many schools.
     
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