Careers in Physics

Introduction

Physics is the mother of all sciences, engineering and technology. Fundamentals of Physics are the framework on which every other science is built. Physics is a fundamental science. There are number of career opportunities in astrophysics, geophysics, medical physics, nuclear physics, meteorology, astronomy and biophysics by acquiring specialised knowledge of these fields. The physicist gets jobs in private sector, government and laboratories, military, schools and Universities.

Scope

A good grasp in physics at plus two level, opens up vistas in engineering, technology, architecture, astrophysics, astronomy, biophysics, etc. Moreover students having proficiency in physics can appear for prestigious exams like National Standard Examination in Physics which leads to National and International Physics Olympiad Examinations. A success in Physics Olympiad ensures a bright career in Physics education and research from prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, TIFR, NISER Bhubaneswar, IISERs and subsequent absorption as scientists in reputed national laboratories and scientific organizations.

Remuneration

Eligibility

One must have graduation or post-graduation in the field of Physics to do advance careers in physics.

Career opportunities

  • National laboratories and organizations like BARC, DRDO, SSPL, ISRO, Space Application Centres (SAC), National Atmospheric Research laboratory of department of space, Inter university accelerator centres (IUAC), Indira Gandhi Centre for atomic research (IGCAR) Kalpakkam, Raja Ramanna Centre for advanced Technology (RRCAT) Indore, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) Calcutta, Uranium Corporation of India Limited, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, Nuclear fuel complex, Heavy Water Board, Atomic mineral directorate; PRL Ahmedabad, IPR Gandhinagar, IUCAA, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Calcutta, ARIES, Uttrakhand, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Centre for Liquid Crystal Research (CLCR), UGC DAE CSR; Constituent laboratories & institutes of CSIR like National Physical Laboratory (NPL), National Geophysical Research Institute, Regional Research Laboratories, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), Institute of Materials & Mineral Technology (IMMT), National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), etc. provides enormous career opportunites as scientist/director/research fellow/research associate/research assistant/technician. Etc. in these laboratories and institutes.

  • Agricultural research services with soil physics & agricultural physics as specialization.

  • Teaching in secondary and higher secondary schools, degree colleges, poly techniques, engineering colleges and state and central Universities, prestigious institutions including IITs, IISc, IISERs. Moreover, many reputed coaching classes offer good pay packages.

  • Software field especially game developer (motion specialist) has more prospectuses.

Job options

  • Aerospace and aviation jobs

  • Applied physics jobs

  • Astronomy and astrophysics jobs

  • Atmospheric science jobs

  • Atomic and molecular jobs

  • Biomedical Engineering jobs

  • Biophysics jobs

  • Computational physics jobs

  • Condensed physics jobs

  • Cosmology jobs

  • Electrical engineering jobs

  • Geophysics jobs

  • Instrumentation and measurement jobs

  • Materials jobs

  • Medical physics jobs

  • Nanotechnology jobs

  • Nuclear physics jobs

  • Optics and Laser jobs

  • Plasma particle jobs

  • Robotics jobs

  • Space physics jobs

Courses

Most degree colleges in India offer under graduate course (general or pass and honours) in Physics leading to B.Sc. degree. All central universities and leading state universities offer post graduate and doctoral Program in Physics. Several leading private Universities also offer master’s in physics.

  • B.Sc. Physics Eligibility: 12th pass with Physics Centre: All reputed college in India

  • B.Tech Eligibility: 12th pass and JEE exam score Centres: IIT’S www.iitb.ac.in

  • 5 Year integrated M.Sc. Program in basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Biology). Eligibility: 10+2 pass and qualify the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) conducted under supervision of HBCSE. Admission will be based on NEST. However Kishore Vaigyanic Protsahan Yojana SA batch (KVYP fellows) & students who have qualified Indian National Olympiad Examination (INOE) are exempted from NEST Centre: For admission students have to qualify National Institute of Science Education & Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar. Students also get stipend along with book grant.

  • 5 Year integrated M.Sc. Program in basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Biology). Centre: UM DAE CBS, Mumbai, Fellowship and book grant. The students those performing exceedingly well in M.Sc. may have a chance to be absorbed in R & D units and autonomous research institutions of the department of atomic energy.

  • 5 Year integrated masters (M.S.) Eligibility: The admission will be based on the qualification of any of the 3 exams KVPY SA batch, stage II-INOE and IIT JEE. Centres: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Bhopal, Tiruchirapalli. www.iiserpune.ac.in , www.iiserkol.ac.in, www.iisermohali.ac.in , www.iisertvm.ac.in and www.iiserbhopal.ac.in

  • M.Sc Physics (with various specializations) Centres: All reputed college and Universities in India

  • M. Tech. Physics Eligibility: B.Tech with good GATE score. Centres: IIT’s Some reputed courses in Post-graduate course Doctoral programmes

  • IISC Bangalore www.iisc.ernet.in

  • TIFR, Mumbai www.tifr.res.in

  • JNU, New Delhi www.jnu.ac.in

  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthpuram. www.iist.ac.in It offers integrated masters in applied science and post graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral programs in space science.

  • Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. Offers a post B.Sc. integrated Ph.D. Program www.bose.res.in

Distance courses:

  • The teaching of Physics in distance education mode at graduation, post-graduation and doctoral level is offered by IGNOU and several other universities recognized by distance education council.

Online courses

  • BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA www.iup.edu/

Important Institutes

Examinations

  • JEE and JAM: Admission to these Programs is either through JEE (integrated MSc.) or through Joint Admission Test to M.Sc (JAM) or through institute level entrance tests / interviews.

  • NET/GATE combined with institute level tests / interviews. www.gate.iitb.ac.in

  • Joint entrance screening test (JEST) is conducted annually throughout India at several centres for admissions to doctoral Program in physics in various premier research institutes. Following is a list of institutes who admit scholars through JEST.

  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai. www.tifr.res.in

  • HBCSE offers Ph.D. in science education 

  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA),Pune. www.ncra.tifr.res.in is a part of TIFR with Giant Meterwave Radio Teliscope (GMRT). www.gmrt.ncra.tifr.res.in

  • Inter – University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune. www.iucaa.ernet.in

  • Institute of Physics (IOP) Bhubaneshwar. www.iopb.res.in

  • Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) Ahmedabad. www.prl.res.in

  • Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. www.mri.ernet.in

  • Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) Gandhinagar, www.ipr.res.in

  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) Bangalore www.iiap.ernet.in

  • Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Mumbai. www.iigm.res.in

  • Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. www.rri.res.in

  • Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) Chennai, offers research in frontier areas of theoretical physics. www.imsc.res.in

  • Jawaharlal Nehru centre for advanced scientific research (JNCASR) Bangalore, www.jncasr.ac.in

  • Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. www.bose.res.in

  • Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) Nainital, www.aries.res.in

  • UGC DAE Consortium of Scientific Research Indore, Mumbai & Kolkata centres are autonomous institutions established by UGC mainly for utilization of major experimental facilities of DAE www.csr.ernet.in Institutes offering Summer Students Program: Several institutes offer a 4 – 8 week summer Program for undergraduate and postgraduate students. These Programs involves project work at this institute under the guidance of a faculty member of the institute and overview lectures on frontline topics. An indicative list of institutes includes:

  • The Institute of Mathematical Sciences. www.imsc.res.in

  • Institute for Plasma Research. www.plasma.ernet.in

  • Inter – University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics. www.iucaa.ernet.in

Opportunities abroad

The scholars completing physics courses in India are offered scope of research in leading institutes across the world. They also offer lucrative opportunities to physicists.

 

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