Rachel Swindell

Duties and Responsiblites

Some of the duties and responsibilities of a physicist are:

  • Conduct scientific experiments to test theories
  • Do complex computations of data
  • Develop new computer software to analyze data and new scientific equipment
  • Describe conclusions in terms of mathematics
  • Analyze data to measure physical phenomena

They research the properties that determine space, time, energy, and matter by means of mathematics and analyzing research.

Education and Other Certifications

The education requirements to be a physicist are a PH. D. (doctorate degree) in physics. The training requirements to be a researcher are two or three years working in a temporary position while they continue to expand their knowledge.

There aren’t really any other certifications to be a physicist. Some jobs in sensitive topics (e.g. nuclear physics) may require people to be U.S. citizens and have a security clearance.

High School Track to be a Physicist

The subjects or courses in high school that would help me prepare to be a physicist are math courses such as calculus, and science courses such as AP physics. Taking computer science classes would also be useful to be able to analyze data.

Salary and Workplace

The average salary for a physicist is $110,110 a year. The beginning wage is $51.14 an hour.

A place where someone who was a physicist might work is a laboratory (either small or big), or a office where they would work with their data. They may sometimes go to a laboratory with special equipment for research.

Why I am Interested in Being a Physicist

Being a physicist interests me because it includes a lot of math- and computer science-related things, both of which I enjoy. I also like the idea of studying the fundamental properties of physical things.

I think that a have the aptitude/ potential ability to be a physicist. I think this because I am good at math, which is very important, and I am very interested in the research, so I would be able to contribute greatly.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Physicists and Astronomers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 6 Mar. 2015.

My Next Move. "Physicists." My Next Move. American Job Center, n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2015.


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