Physics Graduates in the Workforce: Does Physics Education Help?

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dc.contributor.author O'Byrne, J
dc.contributor.author Mendez, A
dc.contributor.author Sharma, M
dc.contributor.author Kirkup, L
dc.contributor.author Scott, D
dc.contributor.editor Pollard, J
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T10:03:54Z
dc.date.issued 2008-01
dc.identifier.citation Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress, 2008, pp. 143 - 146
dc.identifier.isbn 1876346574
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/11359
dc.description.abstract In the first half of 2008 a survey was distributed to a sample of Australian physics graduates. The main purpose was to provide a realistic and up-to date view of where a Physics degree can lead, based on the experiences and perspectives of physics graduates in the workforce. The survey was the product of the Working Party on Physics Graduates in the Workforce, part of a project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). Responses were received from 171 graduates of physics or physics-related COurses (i.e. degree programs), both undergraduate and postgraduate. A small number of employers also responded to a version of the survey. A clear majority of graduates recommended a major in Physics as good preparation for their career, but they also highlighted aspects where physics education could be improved. Employers were less convinced of the unique qualities of physics courses. Both graduates and employers agreed that, while undergraduate physics clearly develops problem solving skills, communication and planning skills and awareness of ethical and social issues are given low priority at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
dc.publisher Australian Institute of Physics
dc.title Physics Graduates in the Workforce: Does Physics Education Help?
dc.type Conference Proceeding
dc.parent Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Adelaide en_US
dc.publocation Adelaide
dc.publocation Adelaide
dc.identifier.startpage 143 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 146 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Physics and Advanced Materials en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics
dc.conference Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics
dc.conference Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics
dc.for 1399 Other Education
dc.personcode 900469
dc.personcode 101627
dc.personcode 103994
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Education en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics en_US
dc.date.activity 20081130 en_US
dc.date.activity 2008-11-30
dc.date.activity 2008-11-30
dc.date.activity 2008-11-30
dc.location.activity Adelaide en_US
dc.location.activity Adelaide
dc.location.activity Adelaide
dc.description.keywords physics education, physics employment, graduate attributes, skills, careers.
dc.description.keywords physics education, physics employment, graduate attributes, skills, careers.
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
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