In this essay I’m going to talk about veterinarians and agronomists, their careers, and what they have to do with physics. First I’m going to tell you what interests me about these careers and how to get into these careers. Then I’ll tell you what these careers’ work places are like. After that , I’ll tell you how physics that are used in these careers. Caring for pets, livestock, and animals in the zoos, racetracks, and laboratories Is what interests me about a career as a veterinarian. Veterinarians also work in basic research, broadening our knowledge of animals and medical science, and in applied research, developing new ways to use the knowledge. I love animals and I love taking care of them, so this is my dream job. To become a veterinarian one must earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) from an accredited college of veterinary medicine. Although many schools admit applicants, without a bachelor's degree in some kind of science or math, holding this type of degree will increase the odds of getting accepted. There is keen competition for entry into four year veterinary programs. After completing college, a state exam is required to for a license, which is needed for a veterinarian clinic or to get a job as a veterinarian. Sometimes veterinarians are required to be exposed to disease, illnesses and hazardous work environments. Some veterinarians are sometimes required to work outside, and be exposed to inclement weather conditions, as well as in an office or a laboratory or a clinic. Sometimes being a veterinarian makes you work in an environment that involves exposure to unpleasant and noxious fumes and odors. There are a lot of physics principles necessary to become a veterinarian. There is how to understand how an x-ray machine works, how to obtain a radiograph, and radiation protection. It’s important to understand how x-ray machines take the x-rays, so that they can be used to diagnose an animal. An agronomist conducts experiments or investigations in field crop problems and develops new methods of growing crops to secure more efficient production, higher yield, and improved quality. They plan and carry out breeding studies at experiment stations or farms to develop and improve varieties of field crops. Also, they study crop production to discover the best methods of planting, cultivation, harvesting, and the effects of various climatic conditions on crops. Agronomists develop methods to control noxious weeds, crop diseases, and insect pests. They may specialize in a specific field crop, group of field crops, or specific agronomic problem. I love to learn about plants, to grow them, to figure out how to get the most out of the plant and to propagate plants. This is one career that I’m thinking about if I don’t become a veterinarian. To become an agronomist you need to have a postgraduate degree in science, technology, horticulture or agriculture. Useful experience for agronomists includes farming, horticultural work, environmental work, and work as a technician. Some agronomists work in offices or laboratories. Therefore, they work in clean and well lit surroundings. Others work outdoors in all types of weather and settings. Most of the time, agronomists are in a field. They deal with rough terrain, mud, dust, and insects. Those working for the government, cooperative extension programs, and other agencies may travel. Some physics agronomists use are soil physics, thermal conductivity, unsaturated and saturated flow. It’s important to know how to get the soil to get the most out of the water you give it so knowing what kind of soil and how it takes in water will be very important. Veterinarians and agronomists both use, on a daily basis, a lot of science, including physics in their careers. I am mostly interested in becoming a veterinarian, but I also would consider a job as an agronomist. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Veterinarians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos076.htm (visited May 25, 2009). Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Agricultural and Food Scientists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos046.htm (visited May 25, 2009). Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Veterinarians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos076.htm and Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291131.htm (visited on May 25, 2009). Snow, Adrienne. "
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