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Physics

E=MC2Ever since Galileo, physicists have been pioneers in research, results of which enhance our daily lives. Their work enables our modern way of living by discovering and applying the way nature works. Physics research allows us to look forward to a future that holds even more exhilarating breakthroughs and advances upon which society will thrive -- a future that holds exciting opportunities for the physics students of today. Physics is the key to many doors of opportunity that open up to challenging, meaningful, and rewarding careers in industry, government, academia, and the private sector. This webpage provides an overview of the field, information about degree options and preparation required, a career path forecast, and profiles of professionals in the field. www.careercornerstone.org/physics/physics.htm

PhysicsWhen you watch an athlete, you are seeing the principles of physics in motion. The bat hitting the baseball, the spiraling football, the bend in the vaulter's pole, and the tension of muscles as a weight is lifted illustrate some of the basic laws of physics, like momentum, equilibrium, velocity, kinetic energy, center of gravity, projectile motion, and friction. Knowing these principles of physics helps an athlete or coach improve performance.  This website from the American Institute of Physics provides an excellent overview of the topics studied in physics. www.aip.org/careersvc/pify/blue.html

A related field is geosciences. Most geoscientists work in the petroleum industry, mining industry, environmental firms, and in government agencies. This webpage provides an overview of the field, information about degree options and preparation required, a career path forecast, and profiles of professionals in the field. www.careercornerstone.org/geosciences/geosci.htm

Atmospheric scienceAnother related field is atmospheric science, which is the study of the atmosphere. Atmospheric scientists, commonly called meteorologists, study the atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions, and processes, and the way in which these factors affect the rest of our environment. The best known application of this knowledge is forecasting the weather. In addition to predicting the weather, atmospheric scientists attempt to identify and interpret climate trends, understand past weather, and analyze today's weather. Weather information and meteorological research are also applied in air-pollution control, agriculture, forestry, air and sea transportation, defense, and the study of possible trends in the Earth's climate, such as global warming, droughts, and ozone depletion.  This webpage provides an overview of the field, information about degree options and preparation required, a career path forecast, and profiles of professionals in the field. www.careercornerstone.org/atmosphericscience/atmosphericscience.htm

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