Only certain types of people can do physics. You have to “look” like a physicist to study it in high school.
Physics is for everyone and anyone who is willing to give it a try.
The field of physics is constantly changing and there are great opportunities for people from all backgrounds. For example, the number of students taking physics has grown (from 2005-2013). And there are many examples of super cool people doing physics careers!
- In recent years (2007–2017), the percentage of women earning a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy has not changed over time. However, the percentage of women enrolling in physics graduate programs and earning a physics doctorate has continued to rise.
- In 2013, 46% of high school physics students were young women, and this percentage has remained stable since 2003. In addition, 37% of high school teachers were women, and this percentage has grown over time.
- The percentage of faculty members who are women is increasing over time.
- African-American and Hispanic women remain under-represented in physics and astronomy. However, the number of Hispanic women earning physics and astronomy degrees is growing rapidly over time, while the number of African-American women has not shown similar growth.
The future looks bright for future physicists!