Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.3% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Physicists Do

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

Other Job Titles Physicists May Have

Biophysics Scientist, Health Physicist, Medical Physicist, Physicist, Research Consultant, Research Physicist, Research Scientist, Scientist

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Design computer simulations to model physical data so that it can be better understood.
  • Write research proposals to receive funding.

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