Middle/High School Students
Physics: True or False?
• Physics will lower your GPA.
• You won't miss anything skipping physics.
• Only advanced students can handle it.
• Physics is just for boys. (C'mon!)
• Take physics in college, not high school.
• Physics is for lab workers in white coats.
• Physicists just teach.
Get the Facts
Preparing for a Career in Physics
Enroll in all the prealgebra, algebra, advanced algebra, and precalculus courses your school has to offer. A good, strong background in math will help you tremendously in a physics career.
Read books by well-recognized physicists such as:
- The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene
- A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
- Flying Circus of Physics, by Jearl Walker
Reading these books and others about the lives of these physicists will spark your interest in the fascinating world of physics
Do the Science
Physics can be a lot of fun. Get involved in science fairs and other extra- curricular science activities. Expose yourself to as much science as possible. Do your own experiments. You'll discover the areas of physics that really excite you.
Find a Mentor
Find someone you can talk to about physics and what interests you. Mentors can answer questions about your experiments as well as career decisions. Talk to a teacher, professor, or graduate student. Start at your school, but also check the physics departments at local colleges and universities.
Physics and Jobs
Do Physicists Find Jobs? What Do They Do?
Read salary information, types of jobs physicists do, and the various fields in which they work.
Job Prospects for Physicists