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PHYSICS IN CAREERS
Elementary or Middle School Teacher
  It has been said that children are born scientists. This is best illustrated by the questions they constantly ask. Teaching at the elementary or middle school level presents the challenge of keeping that curiosity alive while teaching new ideas. Why do you get electric shocks in cold, dry weather? Does a stick of dynamite contain force? What makes rainbows form? How cold can it get? Individuals who themselves appreciate science often have a special gift for teaching young children. Curiosity out the world around us is a common bond of children and scientists.
Athlete
  When you watch an athlete, you are seeing the principles of physics in motion. The bat hitting the baseball, the spiralling football, the bend in the vaulter's pole, and the tension of muscles as a weight is lifted illustrate some of the basic laws of physics, like momentum, equilibrium, velocity, kinetic energy, center of gravity, projectile motion, and friction. Knowing these principles of physics helps an athlete or coach improve performance.
Imaging Technician
  Looking inside the body without surgery is one of medicine's most important tools. X rays, computed tomography, CT scans, and magnetic resonance imaging are used to determine bone damage, diagnose disease, and develop treatment for various illnesses. Technicians who use imaging equipment need to be familiar with the concepts of x rays and magnetic resonance, and be able to determine how much of this powerful technology to use. Imaging technicians work at hospitals, medical colleges, and clinics.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain. Science Source
Auto Mechanic
  Today's automobiles are a far cry from those put on the road by Henry Ford. Computers play a major role in how our cars operate. Computers also understanding of computer technology is essential in almost every career.
Environmentalist
  The 1990s have been called the "Decade of the Environment." Environmental physicists are studying ozone depletion and other problems involving the atmosphere. They use acoustics to try to reduce noise pollution. They search for cleaner forms of fuel, study how smog forms and how to reduce it, and devise ways in which to dispose of and store nuclear waste safely.
Journalist
  Science is one of the most exciting assignments a reporter can have. New discoveries, controversial findings, space research, medical breakthroughs, natural disasters, technological competitiveness, and the environment make up a big part of the news. Reporters who have a background in physics have an advantage in being able to grasp technical issues quickly and communicate easily with researchers. Many major daily newspapers in the country have science sections; in addition, science reporting is featured on radio and television.
CAREERS IN PHYSICS
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