Relativistic Physicist

By Baker Smith

You lost me at the letter 'R'...

A relativistic physicist is essentially a job studying time dilation, the properties of light, and the highest speeds that matter can travel. Albert Einstein laid the groundwork of this career in his famous equation e=mc^2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared), which I'm sure that more than half of the people who say it have no idea what it means.

What's the outlook?

The outlook from 2012 to 2020 is expected to be 10%, and the wages for 2012 are a median of $106,360 per year.

What do you need to have?

The requirements for a physicist almost always include a Doctorate's Degree in some form of physics, and any other degrees in similar scientific fields help too. (Ex. Biology Degree for Biophysics)

Where to go?


For a public college, Reed is probably your best bet, as they have high level academic courses, including numerous physics courses.


Bradley University is a private school with an acceptance rate of 64% and a $31,480 tuition. Again, a large amount of physics courses.

Who wants to hire them?

The employers of physicists include some large scale organizations, like NASA, the Department of Energy, and the NSA. Almost anything dealing with manufacturing, space or aerodynamics is willing to hire a good physicist.