Many physicists conduct basic research in industrial, university, and national laboratories, while others work in a variety of fields that require sophisticated problem-solving skills. Some physicists teach in high schools, colleges, and universities. The physicists at colleges and universities often are among the leaders in basic research. About half of the students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in physics immediately begin careers. Careers in performing basic research and careers in teaching at universities, however, generally require the additional training obtained with the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Therefore, the other half of the students choose to continue their studies in graduate schools.

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