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Q: Jobs for Physics Majors ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Jobs for Physics Majors
Category: Reference, Education and News > Job and Careers
Asked by: angel-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 22 Apr 2002 08:04 PDT
Expires: 22 May 2002 08:04 PDT
Question ID: 2618
What professions or companies are currently recruiting the most at Cal Poly San 
Luis Obispo, specifically from the Science and Math majors like physics and 
computer science?  What courses or subjects are most in demand from the Science 
and Math track?
Subject: Re: Jobs for Physics Majors
Answered By: skis4jc-ga on 22 Apr 2002 15:52 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear Angel,

There are 2 Career fairs coming up in the next 6 months at Cal Poly San Luis 
Obispo. The first one, “Springboard Job Fair”, is general and will have 
recruiters for all majors, science and math majors included.  Here is a brief 
list of some of the companies that will be there “recruiting”:

Applied Biosystems
Lockheed Martin
Navy Civilian Jobs
Swales Aerospace

I would highly encourage you to go to this event yourself to get a more 
specific feel for which companies are recruiting strongly for one major over 
others, etc.  There is a complete list on this website of all the companies 
that will be at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo recruiting those days at:

Career Services Student Page

Springboard Job Fair
Thursday and Friday, May 16 & 17, 2002 
Open Forum, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Interviews, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Chumash Auditorium

The second career fair coming up at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a High-Tech 
Industry recruiting event in Oct (2002) where students receive the opportunity 
to make contacts and present their resumes to employers in high technology 
industries.  You must prepare your resume and register in advance with the 
career services center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  They do not presently give 
a listing of the specific companies that will be at this career fair, but that 
information most likely will be available as it draws nearer to October.  You 
might also call the career centers office in the fall at (805) 756 2501 to find 
out that information, or answer any other questions you might have.

From personal experience I can tell you to be a little leery of all 
the “recruiting” going on right now.  As recruiting is solely based on demand, 
which is directly correlated to the economy, which right now isn’t that strong, 
there seems to be a lot of “fake recruiting” going on right now at career fairs 
so that companies can “save face”, i.e., the recruiters still have something to 
do, they can get their name out there, make is seem like their company is still 
doing well (that’s why they go to the career fairs), even if they’re really not 
hiring, or are hiring on a VERY limited basis.  Basically even if there are 
still a lot of companies at career fairs doing “recruiting”, don’t feel bad if 
you don’t get heavily recruited; this most likely has nothing to do with you, 
or even your major, but most likely is just because the American economy is not 
that strong right now.

Careers in science and math generally fair better in economic downturns, so 
whether you major in physics or computer science is really more a question of 
which one you like better, although something to keep in mind is the broadness 
(or lack thereof) within the major.  For example, a computer science major 
might have a broader spectrum of course options than physics, making it 
slightly more desirable for job purposes.

According to a report by Microsoft Network (MSN), arguably at least 7 out of 
the top 10 in-demand job skills require a high level of science of math related 
knowledge and understanding, such as computer programming and money management 
skills.  MSN posted a report listing the top ten in-demand job skills, which 
can be viewed at:
MSN Careers – 10 in-demand job skills
Also of possible interest, the career right now that still has a very high 
demand (if not the highest) across the nation and especially in California, due 
to it’s high population, is teaching.  This demand is especially high for math 
and science teachers.  

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Thank you and good luck!

Best Regards,
angel-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
This was a "test" question, to evaluate the new service, and I am pleased with 
the answer.  A good balance between factual and personal, net-type into and 
real-world perspective.  Nice to have the personal touch with the facts. My son 
is starting at Cal Poly this summer, as a physics major, and he will enjoy all 
this info.  Thank you for your time and attention on this question!

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