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Physics

Summary

Physics as a science involves the study of force, motion and energy. It is one of the oldest disciplines of science which open doors to various career opportunities in the field of research and development, climate and weather change, military, healthcare etc. It is one of the most fundamental aspects of the science which is about studying universe behavior with career opportunities for the students not only in engineering but in other fields also such as nuclear physics, meterology, astronomy etc. A student of physics studies about atomic and molecular physics, thermal physics, statistical physics and many more subjects from which they can choose their area of interest for research. A career in Physics requires one to have strong logical thinking skills, problem-solving capability and a methodical approach.

Career Opportunities in Physics

  • Astronomy
    Astronomers study universe behavior and objects in it. A bachelor’s and a masters degree in physics or astrophysics is required to study astronomy, followed by a doctorate degree. Astronomers have the opportnitity to work in NASA or other federal agencies such as ISRO etc.
  • Academics
    Physics can open doors in the field of teaching in schools\colleges. In order to teach in school, one can do B.Ed degree after B.Sc and/or M.Sc. in Physics and for lecturership in college, one has to write UGC-NET examination after post-graduation studies in physics.
  • Research
    A research program in physics allows to study, conduct researches and experiments in various domains such as nuclear physics, meteorology, geophysics, etc. Individuals can pursue a doctorate degree in their area of interest after post-graduation. For your research (PhD), you need to have a guidance mentor, who can guide you in your research process and assist you in publishing research papers.
  • Engineering Physics
    In order to become an engineer in physics a B.Tech degree in engineering physics is required. Physics engineers might get a job in various industries and governmental agencies such as ISRO, National Physics Laboratory, etc.
  • Healthcare
    Along with the doctors, physicists create, review and maintain medical technologies and equipments in the hospitals. Also, they are hired in the sectors of radiology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.

How to Pursue a Career in Physics

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Class XII with Science Stream Pursue Bachelor of Science in Physics and/or Applied Physics (B.Sc. Physics) for 3 yearsPursue Masters of Science in Physics (M.Sc. Physics) for 2 years Crack CSIR-UGC-NET examination in order to pursue PhD. in Physics
Path 2
Class XII with Science Stream Pursue B.Tech Engineering Physics for 4 years Pursue M.Tech in Engineering Physics for 2 years -
Path 3
Class XII with Science Stream Pursue an integrated course of B.Sc + M.Sc in Physics --

Important Facts

  • An aspirant needs to pass class 12th or equivalent with at least 50% marks with Science Stream along with English as one of the subjects.

Leading Institutes

Top Physics Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru www.iisc.ac.in/
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Multiple Locations www.iiseradmission.in/
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) Thiruvananthapuram www.iist.ac.in/
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay www.iitb.ac.in/
Indian Institute of Technology Madras www.iitm.ac.in/
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati www.iitg.ac.in/
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad www.iith.ac.in/
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi www.iitd.ac.in/
St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi Delhi www.ststephens.edu/
Hansraj College, University of Delhi Delhi www.hansrajcollege.ac.in/
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi www.bhu.ac.in/
St. Xavier’s College Mumbai www.xaviers.edu/main/
St. Xavier’s College Kolkata www.sxccal.edu/
Fergusson College Pune www.fergusson.edu/
Top Physics Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States www.web.mit.edu/
University of Toronto Canada www.physics.utoronto.ca/
Stanford University United States www.stanford.edu/
University of Cambridge United Kingdom www.cam.ac.uk/
University of California, Berkeley United States www.berkeley.edu/
University of Oxford United Kingdom www.ox.ac.uk
California Institute of Technology United States www.caltech.edu
Peking University China www.english.pku.edu.cn/
University of Tokyo Japan www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/
ETH Zurich Switzerland www.ethz.ch/en.html

Work Description

  • Physicists in academics, may work as college faculties- teaching classes and performing research in a wide range of areas.
  • Research program in physics can be carried out in various related domains where you have to determine hypothesis, conduct experiments, and draw conclusions.
  • Physicists analyzes and interpretes the research data and results.
  • They are involved in work using radioactive equipments and facilities.
  • Physics Engineers do jobs in nuclear sciences, computing etc. The work role involves solving complex technological issues.
  • Physicists are expected to work in energy sector, especially the renewable energy sector. Physicists have to collaborate with other experts to establish the most effective and efficient method of sourcing renewable energy.
  • They develop mathematical models and simulations to explain the behaviour of matter and energy.

Pros & Cons of a Career in Physics

Pros
  • Job opportunities for Physicists are widely available in the industrial sector, academic institutions, and laboratories.
  • A person with strong numerical ability will have an edge in physics domain.
  • Physicists are increasingly using advanced computers and programming languages in the solution of scientific problems, particularly for modelling complex processes. Thus, having strong computer skills would be an advantage for you.
Cons
  • Becoming a physicists requires years of training and experience in order to gain knowledge.
  • Professionals have to work long hours in laboratories & research centres.
  • Some Physicists work with radioactive materials and facilities that can be potentially dangerous to themselves and the society too.
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