phd applied physics...(w/ emphasis in magnetohydronamics/cfd)
phd mech. eng....(thermal science w/ cfd)
phd applied science & tech.....(renewable energy)
please help me choose with your opinions
i'd recommend you contact some phd's from each field. you can look them up at universities and gov. agencies. ask them what they had to do to get where they are and what they think the job marked for that field will look like in 5-8 years from now (depending on when you get your degree). also, ask them how many postdoc years is typically required to be competitive. if you have no real preference, i'd choose the one that has the best job opportunities when you're done. i hear there are a lot of phd's in applied physics out there looking for work, so that could be a competitive field, which translates into taking you longer to land a job.
A PhD is going to determine what people are going to want you to work on, possibly for the rest of your life and it will certainly rule your every waking moment for a number of years. So, make sure you love it. Make sure you can eat, live, and breath it for a very long time. If you can't do that, no other factors are going to matter.
You can do so much more with an engineering degree than anything else. If you choose to go with physics or applied science you will end up being a college professor or something. If you go with engineering you will actually end up in the labor force.
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