Physics and Astronomy
Do you find yourself wondering how things work, why the world / solar system / galaxy / universe is the way that it is, or what mysteries are left for humans to discover? Do you enjoy solving puzzles and problems? Do you have an active imagination and a creative disposition? If you answered yes to any of the above, a career in physics or astronomy might be just for you!
Physicists and astronomers study the natural world around us. They conduct experiments and make astronomical observations using state-of-the-art technologies, build mathematical models, and perform sophisticated computer simulations. Some of the most exciting areas in physics are at the extremes that we don't usually experience, such as the high temperatures at the center of planets and stars or ultracold temperatures at which all matter becomes quantum mechanical waves. Physics and astronomy is always probing the world where we haven't gone before, so it tends to push technology. For example, basic research in physics led to the development of lasers, cell phones, and the internet, among many other things.
You may be surprised to know that a degree in physics or astrophysics will make you highly sought-after in the workplace. To find out what kinds of jobs are out there, check out our Career Opportunities page.