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How to become a particle physicist?

I am currently doing GCSE's, I got an A in physics, B in chemistry and A in biology so far. I am going to do all sciences at A-level and geography. From this point what do/can I do to become a particle physicist (theoretical or experimental) and maybe get a job at CERN but that is not essential.

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    Gail . 50+

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    Dec 2 2012: First, you can raise your standards. Why would you have a goal of getting a job (maybe) that is non-essential?

    Second, you can make learning about physics as a hobby.

    Third, don't let anything deter you from your goals.

    Fourth: learn about manifesting your own reality. Get an image of you holding your ideal job at CERN. Hold that image as you learn about physics (whether as part of schoolwork or as part of your hobby)

    You may not be qualified to work at CERN now, but if you be who you want to become, it is only a little way down the road.
  • Dec 3 2012: "How to become a particle physicist?"

    Go to university and get a bachelor degree in "Physics" or "Physics & Astronomy" (but not "Applied Physics", which is an engineering degree), get a master's degree that specializes in "high energy physics" or "particle physics" (the specific name your university uses will vary but you'll know which one to pick by the time you have your bachelor degree). There is a possibility you can already work at/with CERN for your master's thesis, but you'll definitely get to work at/with CERN if you pursue a PHD after your master's degree. It's all doable (provided you have what it takes to pass physics courses in university), you won't have to compete with 20 people for one spot.
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    Dec 2 2012: I do not know what GCSE is, but it sounds like maybe you are in high school?

    My daughter is in particle physics and analyzes data from the LHC. The physicists who work there studied math and physics at university, first at the undergraduate level, and then do graduate work in physics with a focus in that area.

    Some of the content that is foundational in that field is mathematics through differential equations and fourrier series, physics- including E and M, stat mech, quantum mechanics, and quantum electrodynamics, and efficient computer programming, typically in C++, I believe.

    When you choose your university, try to choose one that has a research presence at the LHC. That means that they have either a CMS group or an ATLAS group.

    When my daughter was in high school, I signed her up for a free online subscription to Symmetry Magazine. If I were you, I would do that as well.

    I could also say to study hard and be persistent, but I figure by your age you know that part. Take your time to work through this thoroughly rather than trying to understand each area before you have a solid foundation.