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What can you do with a degree in Physics?

Team StoryWeavers|April 06, 2019, 07:23 IST| 16

Have you ever walked across your room to open the door but got a shock instead? Perhaps you took off your sweater on a dry winter day and had a “hair raising” experience. Or maybe you performed magic tricks to you friend by lighting a bulb with a wire and potatoes.

Do you think there’s a logic behind these phenomena or is it plain magic? No, it’s not magic. These events can be logically explained through the simple laws of physics. While other disciplines of science offer explanations to how these phenomena occur, physics addresses the ‘why’ aspect behind these occurrences.

Physics is a part and parcel of our everyday existence. Great inventions and discoveries in this discipline have redefined the world today. Some of the greatest physicists who have made outstanding contributions include Aristotle, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, and Michael Faraday among others.

Opportunities and career options

With a degree in physics, you can explore a wide range of career options in many fields.  Besides, you can explore academics and take up teaching or become a writer like Stephen Hawking.

Let’s explore what  you could do with a degree in physics:

What it takes to be a physicist?

While it may seem that a degree in physics is reserved only for the direct descendants of Einstein and Newton, you don’t have to be a certified genius to study physics. All you have to do is:

  1.   Be strong with numbers
  2.   Have a good grasp over scientific principles
  3.   Have a keen interest in learning about the world of physics

Getting into the best college

Your exams scores are important to secure a seat in a good college. Here’s a list of top colleges in India to help you get started.

  1.   Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology – Bhubaneshwer
  2.   Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Bombay
  3.   Indian Institute of Science (IISc) – Bangalore
  4.   Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kharagpur
  5.   Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Guwahati
  6.   Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai
  7.   Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST), Trivandrum
  8.   Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences- Pilani
  9.   Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Pune
  10.   Hans Raj College – New Delhi

Apart from colleges in India, there are plenty of colleges abroad where you can pursue a degree in any field related to physics. Some reputed ones are – California State University, Harvard University, National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Southern Illinois University, and Stanford University among others.

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About the Author

Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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Piyush Singh

November 17, 2020

Thanks a lot. It really helped me to chose the right path.
I always want to become a scientist of ISRO. Now I know that I will have to pursue a degree of an Aerospace engineering. Thanks a lot. BYJU’S really helps me a lot.

Mourosi Pal

August 25, 2020

That was a very helpful information, thank you byju’s. I really want to be an astronomer and for that I have to improve my skills thank you for guiding us.


July 3, 2020

My dream to make a doctor which degree hels me to make a doctor in future

Aadi solanki

June 17, 2020

That was very helpful. Thank you very much. I want to be a particle researcher as well as astrophysicist

V. Mahijith

May 5, 2020

Wz really informative n useful. Now I’m jzt in 10th. Would like to take advice
from Byju’s after +2.

Rudra Pratap Singh

March 5, 2020

Nice information, I want to be an astronomer and astrophysicist could you please send me an article about it.


February 6, 2020

I loved it. I want to be a research physicist like Einstien.

Donna Shree Ingti

January 14, 2020

Can you please make a article on how to become an Astrobiologist is the similar way??


January 12, 2020

If we do well in physics in board result then can we join MIT?


November 15, 2019

Thanks to byjus for this extremely helpful information.

Aditi Suryawanshi

August 20, 2019

My only aim in my life is to become an Astronaut and that’s to a wonderful subjectblike physics which forces us to explore the unexplored ??‍?


May 23, 2019

Astronomy….the most fascinating….

Jack Sony

April 23, 2019

Thankyou byju’s


April 14, 2019

Thank you byjus for giving this good information….☺


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