The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|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.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
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.