Difference between physics and engineering

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What are the main differences between a physics and an engineering degree? Which one makes you more employable?
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I guess that physics are scientifically deeper and more theoretical, while engineering is more down to earth. It should also be easier to get job with good salary.

Generally engineering is about using knowledge to do something, and physics is about how the reality works and what's behind it.
A good engineer needs to know how to apply physics and maths to do something but doesn't have to understand it beyond some point and doesn't need to know where does it come from, while a good mathematician should be able to understand and prove all mathematical laws that an engineers only needs to apply.
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Engineering is putting physics into practice by application to real world problems. I'd say it would open up your choices a bit more career wise, as opposed to a pure science degree.
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Engineering is applied physics (mostly) and physics is the pure theory. In terms of employment, I'd say engineering edges over a physics degree. Both excellent degrees to pursue though
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Everyone here seems to agree about engineering being better career wise, but however why did Elon musk recommend physics as the subject to study. I know Elon musk's opinion isn't a measure on how employable a degree can be😂 but still he's a big deal in science and engineering nowadays.
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(Original post by Thefeynman)
Everyone here seems to agree about engineering being better career wise, but however why did Elon musk recommend physics as the subject to study. I know Elon musk's opinion isn't a measure on how employable a degree can be😂 but still he's a big deal in science and engineering nowadays.
I guess it's because he did a physics undergrad himself and really enjoyed it. Also physics has a greater breadth than engineering and requires you to think more deeply about certain concepts.
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Both physics and engineering degrees are largely maths based. Physics more so, though, with engineering containing more useful engineering content, such as CAD, design work, etc. Overall they're probably not too dissimilar at degree level - someone looking in from a totally different background would probably struggle to see much of a difference between them.

However, in terms of the actual fields, physics is a branch of science, and science and engineering are actually quite different from one another. Both degrees have good prospects, although if you want to go into engineering then an engineering degree is more useful.
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