Thursday, July 28, 2011

Now for some good news!

Since I fear that the last post left everyone feeling kinda down about the whole business of studying physics and having a rewarding career, consider this from

Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

In case you were worried about studying physics at JMU, fret no more. Nearly everyone of the career paths opened by these degrees is available to a physics grad. And even physics is doing pretty good. Except for petroleum engineering, the mid career salaries are all with errors. Who wants to crawl about on an oil rig any way!?

This kind of plot sorts many things into one pile. The 'physics' category must include all us academic types who don't really get paid $100,000/year. (We wish!) That means there must be lots of jobs out there with even better paying jobs.

Buck up campers! The world is a good place for physicists.

Just so you don't feel that I've shorted the other sciences, here they are

DegreeStarting Median PayMid-Career Median Pay

Physics $49,800 $101,000

Applied Mathematics $52,600 $98,600

Mathematics $47,000 $89,900

Geology $45,300 $83,300

Chemistry $42,000 $80,900

Biology $37,900 $71,900

Microbiology $38,500 $70,100

With these options, what will you choose?