Particle physics has a profound influence on the workforce. Basic science is a magnet that attracts inquisitive and capable students. In particle physics, roughly one sixth of those completing PhDs ultimately pursue careers in basic high-energy physics research. The rest find their way to diverse sectors of the national economy such as industry, information technology, medical instrumentation, electronics, communications, biophysics and finance—wherever the workforce requires highly developed analytical and technical skills, the ability to work in large teams on complex projects, and the ability to think creatively to solve unique problems.
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