07 Sep '18 20:28>
Originally posted by @kazetnagorra to Joe Shmo"I get around $65k [as a physicist] before taxes, although that is a junior position of course."
I don't understand the difference between "classless" and "common class."
What I mean is that birth ought not be important for the essentials in life e.g. a safe neighbourhood, access to high-quality education and health care, etc. So the compensation actually wouldn't matter for those kind of things (as is already for the most part the ...[text shortened]... al miner's salary. I get around $65k before taxes, although that is a junior position of course.
--KazetNagorra (to Joe Shmo)
Most of my friends who did PhDs in physics ended up working in fields outside physics itself.
The comparative scarcity of jobs in physics (academia) meant that those who continued
in the field often had to relocate internationally. One consequence seems to be that a high
proportion of my physicist friends married spouses from different countries or cultures.
There are easier (academically less demanding) ways to become rich than earning a PhD in physics.
This may explain why American university physics departments seem largely dominated
(at PhD student level) by Asian immigrants (who cannot benefit from institutional racism
or affirmative action to land more lucrative jobs requiring less education or intelligence).