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    I am a physics lover... I don't know alot about physics but i love it.
    People tell me that physicians don't get paid much. Can someone tell
    me that it does? or is there any jobs involving physics that does?


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    Hi LEAP,
    Check out this site:
    http://www.aip.org/statistics/

    Under "Employment" you'll find statistics on salaries. Keep in mind though that this is for the U.S.

    Funny... this relates to a "discussion" I recently had with one of our beloved collegues here on the forum.

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    william


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    Quote Originally Posted by L.E.A.P.
    I am a physics lover... I don't know alot about physics but i love it.
    People tell me that physicians don't get paid much. Can someone tell
    me that it does? or is there any jobs involving physics that does?
    Physicians are people who practice medicine, doctors if you like.

    Physicist I think is what you mean.
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    what kind of roles might a physicist be employed for in the private sector.
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    Hi Wallaby,
    This site will be much more informative than anything I could tell you.

    http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/advisor/Jobs.html

    It is a good resource for anyone entering the field of physics. Lots of info.

    Cheers,
    william
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    I am finaly quite sure (for the next few months) that I want to be a Physicist. I want to do a PhD
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    I think that is great LEAP!

    Think of physics as a way to predict the future and understand the past.

    Now...
    I'd suggest taking as much math as possible as soon as possible. It is essential. Even at the expense of a physics class in high school.

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    william
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    Thank you. I am in math 436 soooooo, I think I have the most out of math for now. Still, I love maths because it is a part of physics... Before I wanted to be a geologist, big difference with before huh?
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    How about a geophysicist?
    You can have both!

    wm
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    Hmmm, I kind of got bored with geology, I have most of the information books, I have a very nice colection but I doubt I can innovate in the subject, physics is a brand new world with alot of new discoveries to be made!

    I still enjoy geology, but not as much as before.
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    Let me give you something to think about;

    How do the oil companies ($$$ by the way...) know where to drill? That is, what is it about the earth that allow geophysicists to figure out where oil is likely to be?

    Can earthquakes be understood better?

    Can our understanding of volcanoes be improved?

    How about tsunamis?

    This is a rich field I think.

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    "Touche"
    Still, I am most interested by energy, photons, atoms, cosmic rays,

    Quantum physics is the basic of the universe, and perhaps, when we will know all about quantum, the world will be like a keyboard: "Make what you want"

    So the oil companies will not drill anymore but make appear oil. Ok Ok I know I just opened a can of worms... I was maybe a little off the track... It is true that we are not talking about alchemy here.

    But I think you get my point

    Phil
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    Wherever you end up Phil, the best advice I can give you I see, is to never lose your attitude towards physics (or whatever your passion may end up being). It is people like you that keep my hopes up....
    That goes for you too zelos and vroom.

    Maybe we'll meet someday somewhere. Physicists tend to travel a lot and congregate at meetings and collaborations and such.

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