Why Major in Physics?
So, you are thinking about majoring in physics. That’s great! Here is some information to help you make your decision.
Is physics right for me?
Physics might be for you if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
- Am I interested in discovering how things work?
- Am I more interested in discovering how the same idea can explain a variety of different devices or problems rather than just a single one?
- Am I more interested in finding quantitative explanations rather than being satisfied with generalities?
Why would I want to major in physics?
It's a versatile major.
Physics is sometimes referred to as the "liberal arts" degree of technology, or the “Swiss Army Knife” degree, because physics majors acquire a valuable set of skills that allow them to go on to careers in the biology, chemistry, geoscience, mathematics, engineering, and computer science as well as other unrelated fields such as law, medicine, and even economics. In short, a major in physics is a way to keep your options open.
An undergraduate degree in physics tells prospective employers this person has what it takes to succeed. The physics major learns to start with an ill-posed problem, formulate it quantitatively, solve it, and communicate the results clearly. Please see the Society of Physics Student's Career Toolbox for more information as well as a list of job titles that physics graduates obtain.
High starting salaries
Graduates who hold Physics degrees earn some of the highest salaries in the field of mathematics and sciences. See AIP's statistics website