I might decide to pursue material science.
Aptitude and background
I am from the UK, and for A-levels, I am studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and I am predicted decent grades in all of them.
For my Morrisby Assessment taken a year ago: Numerical reasoning 70%, Abstract reasoning 80%, Verbal reasoning, 95% - This was slightly lower for numerical then I expected, but it does make sense since I have to try pretty hard in maths.
- Family likes the idea of me studying physics,
- Like quantum, thermal, chemical and nuclear physics,
- Opens the most doors out of compared to the other two, in that I can transfer into engineering/machine learning,
- Well-respected known undergrad for non-physics jobs.
- a bit more difficult for me (sometimes chem is a harder though)
- Dislike electricity, EM, fields, waves which are integral topics
- On the surface, there seems to be less direct jobs related to physics compared to chemistry, in/out of academia (please prove me wrong though, iIam only 18, hence why I am here asking!)
- Easier for me aptitude wise
- Like all parts of chemistry, apart from some niche topics
- (could be more transferrable to material science and nanotechnology? - therefore opening the 3rd option up as well
- Right now quantum chemistry and orbital approximations are my favorite subject
- Well-respected and known undergrad for non-chemistry jobs
- Less transferrable than physics
- Don't want to be stuck in an industrial/pharma job, where I am glorified lab rat following a list of instructions
- Lower job satisfaction on the internet compared to the other two
- Very large interest for it since it combines chemistry and physics components I enjoy
- Possibly better paid, due to the large amounts of engineering involved
- Able to go into nuclear materials research, and medicinal too, therefore opening more opportunities than chemistry.
- Less-respected well-known undergrad, and could always do it at postgrad level
- Studying metals and ceramics seems boring, I prefer nanostructures!
Having considered the above information, which degree out of the 3 may be better suited for me?
Yes, after the above considerations, I think I shall lean towards a chemical physics degree, which has advanced material science modules :). It also allows me the option of switching to pure chemistry in 3rd year if I want to.
I will do further research as well, around more universities.
Thank you so much for the time and effort of your responses.