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Would a masters in physics help someone with a bachelors in Mech. Engineering?

  1. Feb 20, 2008 #1
    i'm working on my BE in mechanical engineering right now (and i've still got a ways to go) and i'm really interested in the aspects of physics that we don't really get into in the engineering program, so i started toying around with the idea of getting a masters in physics afterwards. i know, i could just go for for a bachelors in physics, but i enjoy the engineering stuff too (especially CAD), and i like the idea of being an engineer, so i was just wondering how much a masters in physics would help me in the job market. thanks :)
     
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  3. Feb 20, 2008 #2

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    Have you thought about doing a physics minor and a master's in ME? That seems like it would help you more than a physics master's.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2008 #3

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    I doubt that a master's in physics would matter much in a typical mechanical engineering job.

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  5. Feb 20, 2008 #4
    I agree, not very helpful.

    Look into the minor, that may satisfy your interests.
     
  6. Feb 20, 2008 #5
    it wouldn't help, eh? hmmm, maybe i'll just learn about this stuff on the side on my own... anyone have any thoughts on how the job market treats people with a bachelors in physics vs a bachelors in engineering; as far as the availability of jobs, and pay?
     
  7. Feb 20, 2008 #6

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    Those with a BS in engineering find jobs in engineering fairly readily, while those with a BS in physics almost never find jobs doing anything related to physics. (The last statistic I heard was 4%.)

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  8. Feb 20, 2008 #7
    oh wow... yeah, i think i'll just take some time on the side and learn this stuff on my own. thanks :)
     
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