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UNIVERSITY PHYSICS PROFESSOR, IN-DEPTH - Need To Love Our Jobs

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Jure goes into detail about what it takes to be a University Professor in Physics. He shares how you need to love your work to be able to do well.

Degree: Physics
Job Title: University Physics Professor

Job Summary: Postsecondary Teachers

Job Description

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. Instead, schools may seek workers who have experience or certification in the field they wish to teach.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Creativity, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability
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m='19690'>things,</span> <span m='20290'>which,</span> <span m='20670'>well,</span> <span m='21400'>may</span> <span m='21600'>be</span> <span m='22420'>applicable</span> <span m='22840'>or</span> <span m='23260'>applied</span> <span m='23930'>in</span> <span m='24090'>the</span> <span m='24180'>next</span> <span m='24640'>30</span> <span m='25750'>years</span> <span m='26350'>or</span> <span m='26610'>whatever.</span> <span m='27150'>But</span> <span m='27760'>we're</span> <span m='27950'>really</span> <span m='28265'>in</span> <span m='28580'>the</span> <span m='29170'>unknown</span> <span m='29630'>discovering</span> <span m='30150'>things</span> <span m='30560'>and</span> <span m='30840'>so</span> <span m='31350'>that</span> <span m='31560'>makes</span> <span m='31860'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='32600'>In</span> <span m='32810'>my</span> <span m='33040'>case,</span> <span m='33660'>I</span> <span m='33800'>didn't</span> <span m='34430'>really</span> <span m='34740'>plan</span> <span m='35110'>my</span> <span m='35260'>career.</span> <span m='36950'>So</span> <span m='38320'>when</span> <span m='38590'>I</span> <span m='38650'>was</span> <span m='38810'>deciding</span> <span m='39310'>what</span> <span m='39570'>to</span> <span m='39750'>study,</span> <span m='40370'>so</span> <span m='41140'>I</span> <span m='41300'>decided</span> <span m='41820'>to</span> <span m='41890'>go</span> <span m='42110'>for</span> <span m='42360'>physics</span> <span m='42990'>because</span> <span m='43350'>it's</span> <span m='43540'>more</span> <span m='43780'>general</span> <span m='44390'>than,</span> <span m='45390'>let's</span> <span m='45650'>say,</span> <span m='45780'>chemistry,</span> <span m='46780'>than</span> <span m='48290'>engineering,</span> <span m='48990'>computer</span> <span m='49530'>science.</span> <span m='50410'>So</span> <span m='50650'>at that</span> <span m='50870'>stage,</span> <span m='51350'>I</span> <span m='51420'>just</span> <span m='51650'>decided,</span> <span m='52120'>well,</span> <span m='52400'>let's</span> <span m='52830'>try</span> <span m='53900'>to</span> <span m='54100'>do</span> <span m='54330'>something,</span> <span m='54760'>which</span> <span m='54970'>is</span> <span m='55030'>general</span> <span m='55550'>enough</span> <span m='55660'>to</span> <span m='55900'>then</span> <span m='56140'>decide.</span> </p><p><span m='57240'>So</span> <span m='57400'>now</span> <span m='57670'>in</span> <span m='57850'>being</span> <span m='58160'>in</span> <span m='58280'>physics</span> <span m='59060'>so</span> <span m='59480'>then</span> <span m='59810'>you're</span> <span m='60050'>approached</span> <span m='60490'>by</span> <span m='60640'>some</span> <span m='60870'>guy,</span> <span m='61480'>professor</span> <span m='62200'>saying,</span> <span m='62530'>oh,</span> <span m='62860'>would</span> <span m='63080'>you</span> <span m='63340'>like</span> <span m='63600'>to</span> <span m='63700'>do</span> <span m='63880'>my</span> <span m='64519'>diploma</span> <span m='65030'>thesis</span> <span m='65459'>with</span> <span m='65670'>me?</span> <span m='66070'>And</span> <span m='66120'>so</span> <span m='66390'>I</span> <span m='66490'>went</span> <span m='66810'>there</span> <span m='67230'>and</span> <span m='67440'>I</span> <span m='67510'>liked</span> <span m='67930'>it.</span> <span m='68310'>And</span> <span m='69540'>one</span> <span m='69740'>thing</span> <span m='69940'>led to another</span> <span m='70500'>and</span> <span m='70820'>so</span> <span m='71070'>I</span> <span m='71150'>remained</span> <span m='71520'>in</span> <span m='71630'>physics.</span> <span m='73786'>And</span> <span m='74190'>I'm</span> <span m='74410'>not sorry</span> <span m='74720'>about that.</span> </p><p><span m='75770'>So</span> <span m='76270'>most</span> <span m='76760'>of</span> <span m='76900'>my</span> <span m='77240'>PhD</span> <span m='77920'>students</span> <span m='78420'>have</span> <span m='78610'>no</span> <span m='78920'>problem</span> <span m='79480'>whatsoever,</span> <span m='80190'>also</span> <span m='80520'>the</span> <span m='80630'>physics</span> <span m='81120'>students</span> <span m='81530'>whatsoever,</span> <span m='82210'>to</span> <span m='82480'>find</span> <span m='82760'>a</span> <span m='82810'>job</span> <span m='83100'>in</span> <span m='83200'>industry.</span> <span m='84270'>So</span> <span m='86220'>I</span> <span m='86350'>have</span> <span m='86530'>no</span> <span m='86690'>personal</span> <span m='87240'>experience,</span> <span m='88890'>but</span> <span m='89180'>talking</span> <span m='89370'>to</span> <span m='89500'>my</span> <span m='90220'>students</span> <span m='91870'>in</span> <span m='92040'>physics</span> <span m='92550'>and</span> <span m='92640'>natural</span> <span m='93050'>sciences,</span> <span m='94500'>optics</span> <span m='95080'>if</span> <span m='95190'>you</span> <span m='95330'>wish,</span> <span m='96290'>there's</span> <span m='96430'>plenty</span> <span m='96730'>of</span> <span m='96820'>jobs,</span> <span m='97190'>especially</span> <span m='97445'>in</span> <span m='97700'>Germany,</span> <span m='98065'>I</span> <span m='98430'>guess,</span> <span m='98870'>in</span> <span m='99250'>US</span> <span m='99545'>as well.</span> <span m='100620'>Work</span> <span m='100980'>life</span> <span m='101280'>balance,</span> <span m='102870'>you</span> <span m='102970'>should</span> <span m='103170'>ask</span> <span m='103370'>my</span> <span m='103470'>wife.</span> <span m='106500'>It's</span> <span m='106710'>mostly</span> <span m='107160'>work.</span> <span m='108430'>So</span> <span m='109290'>it's</span> <span m='109790'>not</span> <span m='110110'>too</span> <span m='110200'>easy.</span> </p><p><span m='110770'>A lot</span> <span m='110990'>of</span> <span m='111140'>meetings,</span> <span m='113050'>long</span> <span m='113480'>hours.</span> <span m='114200'>So</span> <span m='115150'>my</span> <span m='115360'>personal</span> <span m='115850'>life</span> <span m='116160'>does</span> <span m='116380'>suffer</span> <span m='116810'>a bit</span> <span m='117682'>or</span> <span m='118120'>my</span> <span m='118240'>family's</span> <span m='118770'>life.</span> <span m='119682'>But</span> <span m='120154'>that's</span> <span m='120626'>the</span> <span m='121098'>decision.</span> <span m='124880'>Physics</span> <span m='125390'>is</span> <span m='125500'>sort</span> <span m='125780'>of--</span> <span m='126280'>I</span> <span m='126450'>should</span> <span m='126730'>have</span> <span m='126940'>my</span> <span m='127270'>T-shirt</span> <span m='128259'>that</span> <span m='128460'>my</span> <span m='128580'>wife</span> <span m='128940'>made</span> <span m='129259'>for</span> <span m='129460'>me.</span> <span m='129600'>She's</span> <span m='129850'>an</span> <span m='129960'>artist.</span> </p><p><span m='131380'>And</span> <span m='132170'>it's</span> <span m='132420'>written</span> <span m='132650'>in</span> <span m='132740'>German,</span> <span m='133090'>but</span> <span m='133260'>anyway</span> <span m='133900'>physics</span> <span m='134430'>makes</span> <span m='135560'>fun</span> <span m='135940'>or</span> <span m='136080'>something</span> <span m='136490'>like</span> <span m='136710'>that.</span> <span m='137120'>And</span> <span m='137610'>she</span> <span m='137760'>made</span> <span m='137900'>that</span> <span m='138190'>for</span> <span m='138320'>me</span> <span m='138560'>just</span> <span m='138910'>to</span> <span m='141050'>point</span> <span m='141410'>out</span> <span m='142772'>I</span> <span m='143233'>should</span> <span m='143694'>maybe</span> <span m='145080'>spend</span> <span m='145570'>more</span> <span m='145790'>time</span> <span m='146080'>with</span> <span m='146200'>my</span> <span m='146310'>family</span> <span m='146880'>and</span> <span m='146890'>so</span> <span m='147070'>on.</span> 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