posted on Nov, 9 2012 @ 02:08 PM
reply to post by cosmicexplorer
Take 1: It depends on if you enjoy it. It's not a job you ought to do unless your daydreams often drift into things like "I wonder what happens to
the equations that govern the performance of inertial navigation if I diddle the speed of C?" or "Can you couple a pair of radiative frequencies to
unidimensional carbon by putting a couple of dye molecules in a buckyball or on a graphene sheet?"
If you don't have a lot of curiosity about why things work the way they do, physics will suck ass.
Take 2: It takes a LONG time to get that doctorate. And money. I've got a masters and haven't been able to justify quitting what I do to go the last
step, even with the Navy occasionally pushing me to do it.
Take 3: Maybe you need a different job in the field you're in. Less transition.
Take 4: If you're just looking for money, go for something that you sort of like that has a non-outsourceable trade aspect to it - my youngest bro
became a CRNA. If I were working as a salaried engineer, I would NEVER make the money Billy does.
Take 5: Parlay what you do into a non-whackable government career. NRO, DIA and a couple of the other TLAs hire geology/geography guys. If you had
Pashto or Mandarin skillz you'd be a shoo-in unless you couldn't clear
Take 6: Go the engineer route. You can pick up a BS in physics at the same time as a BS in EE by choosing your electives since there's so much
overlap. Engineers make money faster, and the PhD is often not needed, even to get into "fun" government projects, although it does help. If you
decide you really want a doctorate in physics, it's all applicable - there's just a smidge of extra study to get that physics masters.