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Physicist Job Description

A physicist is a scientist with an expert knowledge of physics – the study of matter, energy, and the interactions between them. Physicists explore physical forces and quantities, and use mathematics to develop theories that explains their occurrences and the way they relate to each other.

A physicist should be enthusiastic, curious, observant, methodical, patient and persistent, and have the ability to think critically and solve problems. They should also be able to work well independently and in a team, and communicate effectively to explain complex information to others.

Famous physicists include Alhazen (the book of light), Galileo Galilei (astronomy), Sir Isaac Newton (the three laws of motion), Michael Faraday (faraday’s law of induction), Max Plank (quantum mechanics), and Albert Einstein (the theory of general relativity).

Pursue a career in physics if you have aptitude for science and mathematics, and are fascinated by the universe and the physical forces acting upon it.

What does a Physicist do?

Physicists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Physicists usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends during extensive experiments. They work in physics laboratories, classrooms, and offices.

What is Required to Become a Physicist?

To become a physicist, you will need a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in physics or a related discipline

High school students interested in studying physics should take preparatory subjects such as English, physics, chemistry, algebra, calculus, and statistics.

Modules

Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:


Specializations

A physicist may specialize in any of the following fields:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Physicists need to have:



References

Alternative Careers


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