Physics majors are better at engineering than engineering majors No.10290940 ViewReport
My company has been experimenting a lot lately with hiring physics majors for engineering positions and the results have been astounding.
Many physics programs in the US require physics majors to take an intensive course on electronics which features all the material an electrical engineering major would learn in 4 classes.
Because of that, many physics majors are more than qualified for entry level positions that focus on basic circuit analysis and design.
But that's not the main reason physics majors do so well in engineering positions. Physics majors have incredible analytical and quantitative skills that are above and beyond the requirements for engineering. They can learn to do new things in a short amount of time as well. Their ability to deliver the goods at a moment's notice is shocking. They really are quick learners and it takes them hours to get efficient at a task that would require the average engineer days or even weeks.
I guess it's no surprise since a physics degree requires a much higher IQ than an EE degree.