Military Physical Scientists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Physical scientists typically carry out research tasks within a chosen field of study. They primarily conduct experiments or make observations, analyze findings, operate necessary equipment, and develop and test theories.

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Work Environment

Physical scientists in the military work in a variety of settings, both indoors and outdoors, depending on the area of specialization. Many physical scientists perform their work in laboratories or offices. Other physical scientists spend extensive hours outdoors collecting and analyzing data in the field. Although they observe strict safety precautions, some physical scientists may be exposed to hazardous substances.

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
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required
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Salary

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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%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for physical scientists primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments, and varies depending on service and specialty. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Methods of analyzing weather conditionsIdentification of common weather patternsTechniques and procedures of forecastingChemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and HAZMAT operations

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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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