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I am interested in Physics, Math, and Chemistry. I would like to become a Scientist, but I am equally interested in machines and computers. So, is there a course and a job in which both, pure Science and applied Science are included?
Question Date: 2014-01-09
Answer 1:

It sounds like you would make a great engineer, computational scientist, or a physicist. Integration of different fields is very common in science and many people are able to do work in both basic and applied science. For example, an engineer might work with a molecular biologist to design a model to describe a biological process. Genome sequencing is huge in molecular biology right now. We have the capability to sequence genomes fairly quickly now but our ability to store and actually utilize the information is still limited. We need really good computational scientists to help biologists manage large amounts of information. Physicists can help to design microscopes and other tools utilized in molecular biology to help see and manipulate small things (we have machines that can actually pull on a single piece of DNA or protein and measure its physical properties - physicists and engineers definitely helped to design that!)

Changing majors is not an uncommon thing to do these days so I wouldn't worry too much about choosing the "perfect" major right away. And you can always minor in another field! Take advantage of what a university has to offer you. Also make sure to get involved in undergraduate research and do lots of internships so that you have real world experiences in the field. Try to get a diversity of experiences as well so that you have a lot of marketable job skills. Even as a freshman, go to job fairs just so you can see what is out there and maybe talk to people in the field. Who knows, maybe you'll impress someone so much that they'll offer you a part time job or summer internship! If there is a job you fall in love with you can ask what skills you'll need in order to be a successful applicant. Good luck!!

Answer 2:

Great question! There is a high demand for engineering science careers, especially ones dealing with machines and computers! For instance, mechanical engineers can work with a wide assortment of machines, ranging from household appliances/electronics to robotics to cars and planes. Electrical engineers study the electronic components of machines, and often study computer programming. Materials scientists study how to build these machines and electronics using the best material possible. The possibilities in science and engineering are limitless!

Answer 3:

The answer to your questions (all of them) is yes, and the place where you would take this course is in college. There are lots of jobs available, and they span the range from pure research (science) to pure application (engineering). That said, there are many more engineering jobs than science jobs, but some things, like inventing or various research & development jobs, do some of both.

Science jobs in your chosen fields (physics and chemistry) tend to be found at universities and physical research laboratories. These are relatively hard to get because pure science by its nature produces little that is of immediate monetary value but instead paves the way for future developments for society as a whole. This means that it's almost exclusively funded by the government, either directly or indirectly, and the government has many other things that it spends its money on as well.

Engineering jobs are common in industry, which means that there are a lot of them and are relatively easy to get, but they don't usually involve original research. A lot of them do involve designing machines or chemicals, though, and doing that is essentially a form of applied scientific research.

If you're of the inclination, you might also want to look into the military. They love having competent engineers, and ex-military engineers often get jobs for defense contractors researching and designing new systems for the military to use.

Good luck!

Answer 4:

I was also interested in all those things when I was thinking about what to study in school. In the end, I picked mechanical engineering, and am very glad I did. Engineering allows you to learn about all the interesting science you want to, but it also allows you to apply that information into creating new things. As a mechanical engineer, I studied mostly math, physics, and some chemistry, but I also studied how to build things, how to put them together and how to program. There are a lot of different kinds of engineering as well, here are some of the main types: civil or building engineers work on everything from roads to bridges to buildings to environmental projects.

Mechanical engineers work on almost anything with moving parts, from cars to airplanes to engines and industrial equipment.

Electrical engineers work largely on electronics, putting components together to create new devices, like a smartphone or an antenna. There is also usually a lot of programming involved for electrical engineers.

Software engineers work almost entirely with software, from web applications to custom software for companies.

Chemical engineers work mainly with industrial processes and the creation of new materials or products.

For a more comprehensive look at many different types of engineering check out the following page: Please read here

Answer 5:

It's great that you are interested in so many subjects. There are many jobs that combine different fields of science including pure and applied science. In fact, it's becoming more common these days that many different fields are mixed and it can be a huge benefit to have a wide knowledge and interest in different disciplines. These jobs may be available in medical research, agricultural research and development, the electronics industry, the energy industry and many, many more. It's almost difficult to list an application where science and applied science DON'T come together except maybe some very academic areas like particle physics, theoretical physics, or pure mathematics.

The best way to set yourself up to be able to study and work in a broad range of scientific fields is to have a good mathematics and physics background. These days it's becoming more and more critical to also have some experience with computer science and programming. It's possible that your high school may offer such courses. If not, then you can take some classes in your first year of community college or college. Good luck!!!

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