Physicist

Physicists hold a high level of education/knowledge in the field of science and specialise in the study of motion, matter, and energy. These individuals are employed at universities, research organisations, hospitals, etc., though they may travel to speak at conferences or do fieldwork. Work duties are diverse depending on ones specialties.

Duties and tasks

  • An inquisitive mind, a strong aptitude for math and science, and strong problem-solving skills
  • Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Atmospheric and Environmental Physicist
  • Conduct experiments on matter using electromagnetic radiation and nuclear particle beams
  • Cosmologist
  • Create new technologies, processes and materials through experiments
  • Do experiments to test existing theories and improve them/develop new theories
  • Geophysicist
  • Good at problem solving, persistent, and patient
  • Materials Scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Meteorologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Physicists are paid extremely well and traditionally work in rather comfortable work environments indoors. Most work standard business hours, but some work longer hours and weekends, especially when they are doing fieldwork. Fieldwork can lead to working in rather isolated places.
  • Physicists need a vast knowledge of thermodynamics, classical and quantum mechanics, astronomy, performing experiments, and medical technology equipment if they are employed in the medical field

Skill Requirements

  • Skilled at research and analysis
  • Study the formation and evolution of the universe, planets, stars etc.
  • Teach astronomy, physics, or astrophysics classes
  • The Australian Institute of Physics
  • Work on independent or team research projects and write reports on their findings
  • Work well alone or as part of a team of scientists
  • Write papers for scientific journals and, often, present these at conferences/seminars

Working Conditions:

Physicists are paid extremely well and traditionally work in rather comfortable work environments indoors. Most work standard business hours, but some work longer hours and weekends, especially when they are doing fieldwork. Fieldwork can lead to working in rather isolated places.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

The Australian Institute of Physics 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Atmospheric and
  • Environmental Physicist
  • Cosmologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Meteorologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nuclear Physicist

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