Physicists

General Information

Description

Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Physicists are projected to have employment growth in the scientific research and development services, educational services, and healthcare and social assistance industries.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$122,850

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State-by-state Salary

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$181,380
$74,260
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 49%
  • Post-doctoral training 39%
  • Post-master's certificate 8%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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