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MATERIALS ENGINEER/PHYSICIST: All About Self-Fulfillment

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Michael is a Physicist and Materials Engineer. Michael explains what he does on a day to day basis, his career and educational path along with what he would tell his 18 year old self: life is about self-fulfillment.

School: University of California Berkeley
Job Title: Materials Engineer & Physicist

Job Summary: Physicists

Job Description

Physicists and astronomers study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods, and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications.

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Many physics and astronomy Ph.D. holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position, which typically lasts 2 to 3 years. During their postdoctoral appointment, they work with experienced scientists as they continue to learn about their specialties or develop a broader understanding of related areas of research. Their initial work may be carefully supervised by senior scientists, but as they gain experience, they do more complex tasks and have greater independence in their work.

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$60,000 - $170,000
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10 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Military, Indoor, Office, Travel
Personal qualities
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Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Mathematical skills, Detail oriented

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computer</span> <span m='16650'>engineering.</span> <span m='17560'>And</span> <span m='17760'>actually</span> <span m='18130'>got</span> <span m='18340'>my</span> <span m='19285'>master's</span> <span m='19660'>honor,</span> <span m='20040'>and</span> <span m='20300'>PhD</span> <span m='20680'>in</span> <span m='21100'>materials</span> <span m='21375'>physics.</span> <span m='22500'>And</span> <span m='22730'>really--</span> <span m='23440'>honestly</span> <span m='23580'>this</span> <span m='23790'>goes</span> <span m='24000'>back</span> <span m='24240'>to</span> <span m='24340'>my</span> <span m='24690'>personal</span> <span m='25390'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='25790'>But</span> <span m='26395'>originally,</span> <span m='26700'>I</span> <span m='26810'>didn't</span> <span m='26950'>want</span> <span m='27210'>to do</span> <span m='27290'>computer</span> <span m='27570'>engineering.</span> <span m='28005'>I</span> <span m='28440'>actually</span> <span m='28810'>wanted</span> <span m='29140'>to</span> <span m='29290'>work</span> <span m='29630'>in</span> <span m='29920'>the</span> <span m='30090'>medical</span> <span m='30410'>field.</span> <span m='31010'>And</span> <span m='31230'>when</span> <span m='31380'>I</span> <span m='31450'>found</span> <span m='31830'>out</span> <span m='32060'>computer</span> <span m='33520'>engineering</span> <span m='33990'>isn't</span> <span m='34240'>really</span> <span m='34430'>what</span> <span m='34590'>I</span> <span m='34650'>wanted</span> <span m='34940'>to</span> <span m='35040'>do</span> <span m='35430'>even</span> <span m='35650'>though</span> <span m='35750'>that's</span> <span m='35940'>what</span> <span m='36030'>I</span> <span m='36080'>got</span> <span m='36210'>my</span> <span m='36330'>undergrad</span> <span m='36780'>degree</span> <span m='37160'>in,</span> <span m='37720'>I</span> <span m='38040'>actually</span> <span m='38440'>pursued</span> <span m='38910'>my</span> <span m='39330'>interest</span> <span m='39840'>in--</span> <span m='40525'>well,</span> <span m='40870'>physics.</span> <span m='41560'>I had</span> <span m='41590'>proficiency</span> <span m='42130'>in</span> <span m='42250'>physics</span> <span m='42700'>and I</span> <span m='42790'>pursued</span> <span m='43120'>my</span> <span m='43230'>interest</span> <span m='43640'>in</span> <span m='44410'>research.</span> </p><p><span m='44940'>What</span> <span m='45310'>did I</span> <span m='45390'>wish</span> <span m='45780'>I</span> <span m='45930'>know</span> <span m='46240'>when</span> <span m='46410'>I</span> <span m='46460'>started</span> <span m='46800'>my</span> <span m='46900'>career?</span> <span m='49410'>That's</span> <span m='49630'>a</span> <span m='49690'>tough</span> <span m='49980'>one.</span> <span m='50920'>Looking</span> <span m='51220'>back</span> <span m='51490'>at</span> <span m='51630'>it,</span> <span m='52560'>I</span> <span m='52670'>felt</span> <span m='53020'>like</span> <span m='54380'>when</span> <span m='54520'>I</span> <span m='54590'>started</span> <span m='55100'>college</span> <span m='55600'>and</span> <span m='56370'>when</span> <span m='56540'>I</span> <span m='56710'>finished</span> <span m='57110'>my</span> <span m='57190'>undergrad</span> <span m='57670'>degree,</span> <span m='59050'>I</span> <span m='59120'>was</span> <span m='59930'>in</span> <span m='60080'>a</span> <span m='60140'>field</span> <span m='60630'>that</span> <span m='60750'>was</span> <span m='60920'>completely</span> <span m='61400'>separate</span> <span m='61850'>from what</span> <span m='61980'>I'm</span> <span m='62080'>doing</span> <span m='62350'>now.</span> <span m='62730'>But</span> <span m='63100'>what</span> <span m='63280'>I'm</span> <span m='63360'>doing</span> <span m='63590'>now</span> <span m='63800'>is</span> <span m='64650'>what</span> <span m='64849'>I</span> <span m='64910'>wanted</span> <span m='65400'>to</span> <span m='65675'>do</span> <span m='67210'>since</span> <span m='67270'>I</span> <span m='67630'>was</span> <span m='67965'>14--</span> <span m='68300'>when</span> <span m='68650'>I</span> <span m='68890'>was</span> <span m='69260'>high school.</span> </p><p><span m='70000'>So</span> <span m='70390'>I</span> <span m='70520'>guess</span> <span m='71660'>how</span> <span m='71840'>I could</span> <span m='71950'>equate</span> <span m='72040'>is</span> <span m='72320'>what</span> <span m='72470'>I</span> <span m='72510'>could</span> <span m='72680'>tell</span> <span m='72920'>my</span> <span m='73080'>18-year-old</span> <span m='73690'>self,</span> <span m='74680'>probably</span> <span m='75240'>do</span> <span m='76130'>what</span> <span m='76300'>you</span> <span m='76500'>want</span> <span m='76670'>to</span> <span m='76750'>do.</span> <span m='78500'>There's</span> <span m='78700'>a</span> <span m='79210'>whole</span> <span m='79380'>bunch</span> <span m='79610'>of</span> <span m='80090'>societal</span> <span m='80520'>pressure</span> <span m='80880'>telling</span> <span m='81090'>you</span> <span m='81300'>to</span> <span m='82450'>go</span> <span m='82700'>to</span> <span m='83120'>a</span> <span m='83540'>certain</span> <span m='84860'>school,</span> <span m='85250'>get</span> <span m='85430'>a</span> <span m='85680'>certain</span> <span m='85970'>job,</span> <span m='86350'>have</span> <span m='86480'>a</span> <span m='86530'>certain</span> <span m='86760'>degree.</span> </p><p><span m='87170'>But</span> <span m='87770'>honestly,</span> <span m='89180'>from</span> <span m='89350'>my</span> <span m='89570'>experience,</span> <span m='90540'>do</span> <span m='90710'>what</span> <span m='90840'>you</span> <span m='90980'>want</span> <span m='91100'>to</span> <span m='91190'>do</span> <span m='91720'>because</span> <span m='91910'>it's</span> <span m='92140'>all</span> <span m='92390'>about--</span> <span m='93110'>in</span> <span m='93150'>life</span> <span m='93520'>I</span> <span m='93770'>feel</span> <span 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