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Physicists

Also called: Health Physicist, Physicist, Research Scientist, Scientist

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What they do:
Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
On the job, you would:
  • Perform complex calculations as part of the analysis and evaluation of data, using computers.
  • Analyze data from research conducted to detect and measure physical phenomena.
  • Describe and express observations and conclusions in mathematical terms.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
Visual Understanding
  • quickly know what you are looking at

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Innovation
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • CERN Physics Analysis Workstation PAW
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Hot Technology
  • National Instruments LabVIEW Hot Technology
Object or component oriented development software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl Hot Technology
  • Python Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$122,850
$62,470
$201,990
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