Physicist

About the job:

What you do

As a Physicist, your job is to conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories. You can work in either applied or theoretical physics, based on your skill set and available career opportunities.

Physicists work at colleges and universities, independent research centers, hospitals, and government agencies. Many work in private industry, especially for companies that make chemicals, electrical equipment, missiles, and aircraft. Some physicists spend most of their time doing research. Others teach physics and related science courses.


The tough stuff

As a Physicist, you should know that:

  • There are very limited jobs as physicists
  • In most universities, getting and justifying grants is hard
The cool stuff

As a Physicist, you will get to:

  • Work indoors in clean, well-lighted laboratories and classrooms
  • Work stable hours
  • Supplement your salary by doing research and consulting work
  • Benefit from paid holidays and vacations and health insurance (If you work at a University) 

Typical work hours
  • 40 hours a week

Regular hours from Monday to Friday.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding written information
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

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Education stuff:

Education required

In order to become a Physicist, you will need to earn a bachelor's degree in Physics (4 years) and a Master's degree (1-2 years)

The four major areas in which physics majors can find jobs are industry, government, laboratories, and colleges and universities. Your best sources for job openings are likely to be your college professors and advisers. 

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