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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.


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


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



  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Development environment software

  • Eclipse IDE Hot Technology In Demand
  • Microsoft Azure software Hot Technology


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

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