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

Sharma, M., Pollard, J., Mendez, A., Mills, D., O'Byrne, J., Scott, D., Hagon, S., Gribble, J., Kirkup, L., Livett, M., Low, D., Merchant, A., Rayner, A., Swan, G., Zadnik, M. and Zealey, W. (2008) What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics. European Journal of Physics, 29 1: 59-72. doi:10.1088/0143-0807/29/1/006


Author Sharma, M.
Pollard, J.
Mendez, A.
Mills, D.
O'Byrne, J.
Scott, D.
Hagon, S.
Gribble, J.
Kirkup, L.
Livett, M.
Low, D.
Merchant, A.
Rayner, A.
Swan, G.
Zadnik, M.
Zealey, W.
Title What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics
Journal name European Journal of Physics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-0807
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1088/0143-0807/29/1/006
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 59
End page 72
Total pages 14
Editor Rae, A.I.M.
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
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.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mathematics and Physics
 
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