An undergraduate student majoring in physics may continue his/her study in graduate school, finishing up with a master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree. These students may end up in academia or research institutions, as many would expect. However, because of the analytical, mathematical/logical, and problem-solving skill they have acquired in their degree program, their talent will be valued by many manufacturing and business sectors. Such skill appreciation also applies to graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
Let me tell you a little bit about my own experience……
I got my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in physics, and my Ph.D. in earth and space science. Anyway, I worked on a problem in solid-state physics, applied to a mineral, for my dissertation. It is a theoretical/mathematical exercise in which a computer program in finite -element analysis had to be written from scratch. Basically, my dissertation was a combination of mathematics, physics, and computer programming exercise.
As a young Ph.D. then, I spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow in a research institution waiting for an academic appointment. Such appointment was hard to come by, and I would have been transferred to another research institution or university to bid my time. I decided to leave academia.
I landed on a job as a research scientist working for a large corporation consulting NASA on space-borne geophysics, geodynamics, and space geodesy for about two decades. Everything I learned during my degree programs were useful to my career.
Then, by some luck, I was offered an academic appointment as Professor of Mathematics and Statistics in a large university. I stayed in that position for fourteen years before my retirement.
Finally, how would baseball fit into your interest in physics? Well, it is not easy to pursue a career in science and baseball. You must make a tough choice. As a physicist, you can study the physics of baseball. It should be an interesting pastime…..
There are many subfields within physics such as Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biophysics, Engineering Physics, etc. so it also depends on what field you are interested in. Regardless, with a physics degree, you can become a business analyst, engineer, physicist, programmer, work in a research lab, professor, and more. You can even go to secondary schooling to further your knowledge if needed too. I hope this helps!