Hey /sci/, I'm thinking about changing my major to physics and go on to grad school to get a Ph.D. What kind of jobs would I be able to get with a Ph.D. in physics?
>What kind of jobs would I be able to get with a Ph.D. in physics?
Academia: you can climb the ladder and one day become a professor. Meanwhile you will go through the many levels like research assistant, research fellow, visiting fellow, lecturer, senior lecturer, reader and more. The pyramid is as tall as in the military.
Industry: R&D in electronics from component (solid state) and manufacturing to electronic design (competing with the IEEE out there). Many also do software, mechanical design, optics and more. You get a freedom to chose quite a lot.
Government: you can become a patent examiner which is safe and well paid as there is a lack of good examiners. Are you European? Check EPO; really well paid.
Correspondingly you can become a patent attorney or patent agent.
Many go into teaching.
I have done most of the things above.
>Academia: you can climb the ladder and one day become a professor. Meanwhile you will go through the many levels like research assistant, research fellow, visiting fellow, lecturer, senior lecturer, reader and more. The pyramid is as tall as in the military.
those all sound boring as fuck desu senpai, baka.
As I wrote I have been there and I did leave academia. And it was never boring, quite to the contrary. In fact sitting in the waiting room while the university radiation protection officer is calculating the effect of the large radiation accident you were just involved in was pretty exciting. We had 4 choices:
A - survive
B - survive but sterile for the rest of your life
C - immediate blood transfusion with a reasonable chance of surviving and a certainty of sterility.
D - gruesome death due to intestines basically dissolving.
I was lucky. Twice.
Of course that was the radiation accident. Then we had some, uhhh, chemical mishaps that sent a few to hospital and the rest to rather urgent medical checkup. And none of this was out of the norm in R&D.
Ah yes, all what we did to have a reasonable chance for tenure. Sure I have a few permanent damages from this time such a chemical burns in my throat due to a mishap involving boiling lye but I am just happy I survived.
And it was never boring.
Not OP, but I'm currently Chem and thinking about switching to physics. I want to do cool edgy stuff though like fuck with lasers, make nuclear bombs for the government, and cool things to picokelvins. How do I get a cool physics job besides grades and undergrad research?
You're forgetting Quant analyst at big banks, data science in general, and working for the NSA. By the way just getting a PhD is enough for most companies. The top tier schools are for academic route.
It wouldn't. Blood transfusion was to survive. You would have been sterilized already, even at lower dosages where blood transfusion would not have been necessary.
Testicles are vulnerable to radiation both ionizing and non-ionizing. A fairly strong microwave beam can easily cause (temporary?) sterility.
Weapon of mass abortion?