Thomas Heisel, 7th hour

Job Description

Physicists use the principles, laws, and theories of matter and energy to help solve problems in science, industry, and medicine. Some do basic research to increase scientific knowledge such as examining the structures of atoms and the nature of gravity.

Other physicists do research to help develop new products. Some design electronic circuits, lasers, and other equipment and processes. A few work in quality control in the manufacturing industry.

Many teach physics and medical physics at colleges and universities. Most conduct research. Some physicists work as private consultants.

Pros and Cons


1 work with high tech equipment

2 form your own theories on physics

3 work in labs


1 work 40 hour weeks

2 put in extra hours to meet deadlines

3 Repetitive detailed observations that don't often change

What you need to Succeed

In high school you should take Public Speaking, Statistics and Probability, Chemistry, Calculus, Physics, Calculus, Advanced.

What colleges to attend

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Unniversty of Wisconsin Oshkosh

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Associations for this career.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, PSB Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20212-0001

Job Advertisement

If you like physical science, then this is the job for you! You get to conduct experiments, make observations, and make theories on the mysteries of the universe. Salary is $73,710. Call 1-800-PHYSICS for more information.