ERIC Number: ED446475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The Physics Bachelors as a Passport to the Workplace: Recent Research Results.
In this American Institute of Physics report, three questions are addressed: 1) What are the goals of undergraduate physics curriculum? 2) What are the common career paths of physics bachelors? 3) How well does the physics curriculum prepare our bachelors for these careers? The paper suggests that physics curricula 1) provide students with a knowledge of physics, 2) provide students with a set of skills that are important in a good physicist, and 3) provide students with educational experiences that develop the traits important in a good scientist. Data are presented on the career choices of physics degree recipients. Physics graduates pursue a variety of careers in today's job marketplace. They value skills acquired through study of physics, however job skills valued in the job market are not part of the curriculum. According to data, about a third of physics graduates enter the labor force with only a bachelor's degree. Over a third pursue master's degrees, and about one quarter receive Ph.Ds. Six tables and three figures are included, and present data on career choice, important skills, and work environment, and provide information on the link between physics education and career. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Education and Employment Statistics Div.