Physicist | Selby College
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Physicists study matter and try to work out why it behaves like it does.

Potential salary

£14,000 to £70,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of physics
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • analytical thinking skills
  • science skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Depending on the area of industry you work in, in this role you may:

  • be involved in climate forecasting
  • develop new medical instruments and treatments
  • work in satellite technology and space exploration
  • investigate new ways to generate power
  • explore robotics and artificial intelligence
  • teach in schools, colleges or universities
  • use your knowledge to work in publishing, broadcasting or journalism

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a workshop, in a factory or in a laboratory.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you may spend nights away from home.

You could work in health or research institutes, defence or robotics, aerospace, computing and electronics, power generation or gas and oil,or government departments, like the Met Office.

You could use your scientific knowledge in other areas like education, scientific journalism and patent work.

With experience, you’ll take on more responsibility and manage the work of other scientists.

You could also move into a senior research role, or progress into consultancy work.

You can find out more about careers in physics through the Institute of Physics.

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