Do you have to have a doctorate to work as a physicist?

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Career Dev Staff Staff asked 4 years ago
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Kate McKeon Staff answered 4 years ago

Most positions as a physicist require doctorate degrees but some positions may accept a master’s degree.

Career Dev Staff Staff answered 4 years ago

A master’s degree can qualify prospective physicists for some positions, usually in the area of applied research for a health care or manufacturing firm. However, according to information from O*Net Online, many physicists hold a doctoral degree or have completed some form of postdoctoral training.

Physics master’s degree programs generally take two years to complete. Earning a Ph.D. in Physics can take around four more years, depending on a student’s educational background and the speed at which he or she completes dissertation research. Postdoctoral fellowships can last from 2-3 years.

Career Dev Staff Staff answered 4 years ago

A doctorate is not necessarily required to work as a physicist. Undergraduate degrees in physics can open up some job opportunities however most companies however will require a minimum of a master degree before they will hire you. Also, since most people that go into physics have a specific area of interest getting a doctorate is usually recommended to open the doors needed to progress in their career.