Title

What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

IOP Publishing

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Engineering

RAS ID

5679

Comments

This article was originally published as: Sharma, M., Pollard, J., Mendez, A., Mills, D., O'Byrne, J., Scott, D., … Zealey, W. (2007). What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics. European Journal of Physics, 29(1), 59-72. Original article available here

Abstract

In a study to assess how effectively undergraduate physics studies have prepared students for the workplace, we attempted to locate and interview traditional 3-year or 4-year physics students who had graduated in the past five years (2000 to 2004), and the employers of these graduates. The study was limited to recent graduates who have majored in physics and not obtained further or concurrent degrees. Overseas studies of the destinations of physics graduates referred to in this paper have not isolated the group we interviewed as a distinct group. A major finding was that the number of these graduates was unexpectedly low. Indeed, most physics graduates have two degrees. Interviews with graduates and employers suggest that physics graduates have particular strengths in problem solving and are good at applying their skills at the workplace.

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1088/0143-0807/29/1/006