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Hi guess,
I am a first year undergrad and study natural sciences, as the year almost comes to an end, i have to choose my options for next year but i am a little confused.
i am considering double physics and maths or chemical engineering.

I have worked really hard this year and hopefully will get a first. I enjoy physics but i am not sure if in the future it give me any decent job prospects except research which will be extremely competitive whereas i heard chemical engineers have a higher employment rate with better pay.

help, any advise?
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Physics is quite a versatile degree and can put you in various fields, but you have to do a bit of extra work around it to land a good job eg. programming, work experience, etc. (although having a Cambridge degree definitely gives you an advantage already.) From the sounds of things you need to do more research. Do you know what Chemical Engineering entails and if so do you want to commit your education to such a focused skill set?
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(Original post by tanhai)
Hi guess,
I am a first year undergrad and study natural sciences, as the year almost comes to an end, i have to choose my options for next year but i am a little confused.
i am considering double physics and maths or chemical engineering.

I have worked really hard this year and hopefully will get a first. I enjoy physics but i am not sure if in the future it give me any decent job prospects except research which will be extremely competitive whereas i heard chemical engineers have a higher employment rate with better pay.

help, any advise?
As the other poster said a physics degree can allow entry into many industrys (most areas of engineering, software dev, finance etc) but you will have to put in the extra work to gain the skills required such as programming

A note on the chemical engineering, it does have better prospects in term of pay on average but most people who do chem eng become a chemical engineer (unsurprisingly aha) so you NEED to make sure that you will enjoy the course and enjoy being a chem engineer as a career otherwise you may find yourself being very unhappy

I personally know about 6 chemical engineering students (though I am a physics student myself) and of these, 5 picked it because of the money side of things and now at the end of first year the one that researched it all properly loves his degree and 4 of the other 5 are dropping out/changing subject as they realised what the degree and career entails and it isnt for them

So in short neither is really 'better' do your research and if you think youd enjoy being a chemical engineer then go for it but if you find yourself thinking it sounds like a career that isnt for you then do physics and maths
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