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  1. #1 What are physicists worth? 
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    When I was student, I was part of a small group who were studying physics. The university I attended had a collegiate system and only five other students in my year were studying physics. I was the only member of that group who went on to pursue a career in science - the others became accountants, managers in industry or took administrative jobs. In recent years, I have come into contact with them and they have all earned much more than I have. I have wondered sometimes if I made a big mistake, but I have always found physics interesting and I don't mind that much if the rewards aren't great. But is this reasonable? Why are scientists paid so much less than financiers or accountants or middle-ranking managers? Does physics have such a marginal impact on life in general? Perhaps it does.


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    Only few scientists are paid well, thats a true statement,But if one truly loves science and has a passion for it, then joy of finding new things in science is what is so enigmatic that it owerpowers the feeling of being financially humble,But still for those who believe that life should be abundant in every way possibe, including myself, they take up teaching posts in good institutions and continue their research, which satisfies both of their needs.What is mose motivating for a scientist is to observe a phenomenon, or to formulate an explaination for it or to find a new solution which no one else has done before,It is such a marvellous experience to come with something totally origional and then say to yrself that none of the 6 billion people knows what i know ,and that is everything (at least for me)About the impact of physics in everyday life, well physics is just a tool to explore nature , its just that most of the poeple are just not interested in exploring the nature, they instead consider the mundane chores of their daily lives , THE RAT RACE a more apt utilization of their time,Well i am not critisizing them , everyone is free to do whatever they wish to do with their lives as long as it does not mingle too much with other peoples lives,About money in physics,thats some hard cash buddy,not everyone is DR Quantum,


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    NextEinstein:

    I agree with much of what you have written. However, the relatively poor financial prospects for those who study physics has had an effect of student recruitment. In Britain, recruitment to physics departments in British universities has declined over the last thirty years. Physics is seen as a difficult subject with little in the way of rewards in the form of pay. In a few universities, physics departments have been closed down altogether.
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