A Physicist is a scientist who researches and develops theories of matter, energy, time, and the universe. Physicists can be found mainly in government, industrial, hospital, or university careers. There are many subcategories of physicist, such as nuclear physics, geophysics, biophysics, molecular physics, etc. This is a field that requires a specialty, because the general term of physics is too broad for a field of study.

Curiosity, analytical thinking, and passion are major characteristics of a physicist. It’s also important to be involved with science projects and experiments, as well as to read physics books outside of course requirements. A physicist must have strong communication and interpersonal skills in order to write and present papers and work with a team in order to achieve a specific goal.

A Ph.D. is a requirement for a physicist, and competition for permanent positions is strong. In addition, the study of calculus, statistics, and computer sciences is essential. Postdoctoral work, each typically 2 – 3 years, enable physicists to study with experienced scientists in their specialty or in related fields.

The American Physical Society provides current news, a physicist contact list, career guidance, and current job openings.

Physics.org offers a database of physics sites, news and articles, study help, and a careers page.


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