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A degree in physics signifies that individual has studied the mathematics and theory involved in understanding how the world works. Physics is the study of matter and motion through force and energy, it is the study of why things work the way they do. A degree in physics requires an understanding in a variety of sciences and a strong understanding of mathematics. Degrees in physics are available from the associate level onward, though most entry level positions will require at least a master's degree for consideration.
A curriculum in physics may include classes in:
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Differential Equations
A bachelor's degree in physics can be used to enter a variety of post-graduate programs. Students who wish to pursue higher levels of education in physics can pursue master and doctoral degrees. Physicists primarily occupy research positions at institutions for higher learning or government agencies. Often physicist will be given long term grants to conduct experiments for research resulting a long term job security. The barrier to entry for physics is large requiring a high level of education and skill. Pursuing a career in physics will most likely be done because an individual loves it.
The average salary for a physicist is $105,000 per year and job growth is expected to be as fast as average in the coming years.