There are schools offering physics courses in California!
Schools Offering Physics Programs in California
Stanford University, which is located in Stanford, is the top-ranked school in California that has a physics program. It received a ranking of 2nd in the country in 2010. In 2010, 104 students graduated from Stanford University's physics program. Tuition at Stanford University was $40,172 per year.
The second-ranked school in California that has a physics program is University of California-Berkeley. University of California-Berkeley, which was ranked 5th in the country in 2010, is located in Berkeley. In 2010, 172 students graduated from University of California-Berkeley physics program. The tuition rate at University of California-Berkeley was $10,940 per year.
The third-ranked school in California that has a physics program is University of California-Los Angeles. University of California-Los Angeles, which was ranked 5th in the country in 2010, is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, University of California-Los Angeles graduated 120 students from its physics programs. Tuition at University of California-Los Angeles was $10,781 per year.
If you are hoping to attend one of California's physics schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $10,520 per year, though tuition can range from $41,130 per year to $644 per year. The California physics schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:
- Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
- University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
- Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $40,939 per year
The physics schools in California that charged the lowest tuition rates were:
- Folsom Lake College - located in Folsom, students are charged $644 per year
- Cosumnes River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
- College of the Siskiyous - located in Weed, students are charged $650 per year
A physics degree from a California school... what next?
A large number of California physics graduates become physicists. 2,890 physicists were working in California in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California physicists:
- Los Angeles County - 1,000 physicists
- Marin County - 410 physicists
- San Diego County - 310 physicists
The government projects that by 2018, the number of physicists in the state of California will grow to 2,200. This would require a 15% growth in the profession.
A physicist in California makes an average of $103,620 per year. In 2010, however, some California physicists earned as little as less than $50,270 per year or as much as more than $157,410 per year. On average a physicist earns the most in the following California counties:
- Alameda County - $128,720 per year
- Marin County - $126,170 per year
- San Benito County - $117,000 per year
A physicist in the following counties in California make the lowest salaries on average:
- El Dorado County - $84,760 per year
- Los Angeles County - $87,950 per year
- Ventura County - $94,850 per year
Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in physics and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry.
Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.
- Associate's Degree in Physics in California
- Bachelor's Degree in Physics in California
- Master's Degree in Physics in California
- Doctoral Degree in Physics in California
- Certificate in Physics in California
Curious what studying Physics gets you?
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