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Physicist

Overview: Physicists conduct studies and experiments in areas such as nuclear energy, electricity, heat, acoustics, light & lasers, and magnetism in support of the development of new technology and products. They use instruments ranging from atomic cyclotrons to electron microcopes.
Duties: They perform experiments in laboratories as members of research teams responsible for developing new technology & products. Theoretical physicists focus on discovery of new theories.

Confer with product development engineers to identify their research needs. Projects can deal with nuclear energy, light, lasers, magnetism in fields such as medicine, computers, space.

They make extensive use of mathematics & require the use of computers in order to analyze the results of their experiments. They use instruments such as radio telecopes & atomic cyclotrons.

Confer with product development engineering team members to determine how to use research findings in support of developing products or technology that can be used or marketed.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of physicists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Federal research expenditures are the major source of physics-related research funds and recent budgets have seen an increase. People with a physics background continue to be in demand in information technology, semiconductor technology, and other applied sciences.
Salary Range (National Average): $48,000 to $54,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: An advanced degree, typically a doctoral degree is the usual educational requirement for jobs in research and development or teaching in 4-year colleges and universities. Those having a bachelor's or a master's degree can qualify for positions in laboratory testing and measurement.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.