What can I do with a degree in Physics?

Have you ever tricked your friend by lighting a bulb with a wire and potatoes? Or made your nerdy sister to exasperate by your physics tittle-tattles? Perhaps you took a balloon, moved gently over your hair and made them leviate?

Do you think there’s a logic behind these phenomena or is it plain magic? No. These events can be logically explained through the simple laws of physics. While other disciplines of science offer explanations to how these phenomena occur, physics addresses the ‘why’ aspect behind these occurrences.

What does a physicist do?
A primary role of a physicist is to study, research and explore the basic principles that govern the structure and behaviour of the surroundings.

Opportunities and career options
With a degree in physics, you can explore a wide range of career options in many fields. Besides, you can explore academics and take up teaching or become a writer like Stephen Hawking.

What it takes to be a physicist?
You don't have to a certified genius to study physics. All you need is:

  1. Have a strong foundation with numbers.
  2. Have a good grasp over scientific principles.
  3. Have a keen interest in learning about the world of science.
Getting into the best college
Here's a list of top colleges in India to help you get started (not on the basis of rankings):
  • Kanlinga Institute of Industrial Technology (Bhubaneshwar)
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc) - Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Guwahati
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) - Mumbai
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) - Thiruvanandhapuram
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences - Pilani
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Pune)
Apart from colleges in India, there are plenty of reputed colleges abroad. Some are:
  • Harvard University
  • California State University
  • National University of Science and Technology MISiS
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Standford University
  • Southern Illinois University
Hope to find a physicist one day...


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