Why Study Physics?

Want to Know How and Why? Learn Physics

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. 

Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions.  Check real physicist stories in the box to the right.

Like Science? It Began with Physics

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.

Moreover, it’s the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy (and can be applied to biology or medical science). All are easily accessible with a bachelor’s degree in physics.
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Want Skills? Physicists Learn Them

Physicists are problem solvers. Their analytical skills make physicists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places.

You can find physicists in industrial and government labs, on college campuses, in the astronaut corps, and consulting on TV shows. In addition, many physics grads work at newspapers and magazines, in government, and even on Wall Street—places where their ability to think analytically is a great asset.

Want a Job? People Hire Physicists

Physics brings a broad perspective to any problem. Because they learn how to consider any problem they are not bound by context. This inventive thinking makes physicists desirable in any field. A bachelor’s degree in physics is a great foundation for careers in:

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biology

Like Money?  Physics Beats Other Sciences

Even when the job market is slow, physicists get job offers—well paying jobs.  Employers know that a physicist brings additional skills with expertise and pay accordingly.    That's why physics graduates can expect career salaries similar to those of computer science and engineering majors.
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Don't Take Our Word for It!

Read Real Physicist Profiles

Albin GonzalezCuring Cancer:
Albin Gonzalez

Marta McNeeseHealing Joints:
Marta McNeese

David X CohenScience Comedy:
David Cohen

Alison BinkowskiPolicy Analysis:
Alison Binkowski


Skills Used by Physics Bachelors in Engineering or Computer Science Fields

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What's a Bachelor's Degree Worth?

Typical SalariesReprinted from Fall 2009 Salary Survey, with permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. ©

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