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Physicists

Overview

Physics is a science dealing with the interaction of matter and energy. Physicists study the behavior and structure of matter, the ways that energy is generated and transferred, and the relationships between matter and energy. They perform experiments and analyze the products or results of those experiments. They may teach, oversee scientific projects, or act as consultants in a laboratory. They investigate and attempt to understand the fundamental laws of nature and how these laws may be formulated and put to use. Physicists work in a large range of capacities and the field consists of many specialties, such as health physics, which is concerned with radiation safety. There are approximately 15,650 physicists employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Curious

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Career Ladder
Senior Physicist

Physicist

Assistant Physicist

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