Become a Biophysicist today!
By: Jared Daniels
What is a Biophysicist?
- To get an entry-level job in biophysics, such as that of a technician, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics or biology.
- Employers also typically require entry-level candidates to have some experience in a laboratory as well, which can be gained from schoolwork or an internship program.
- To work in applied research or product development positions, you typically need a master’s degree in either physics, chemistry, mathematics, or biology.
- To work as an independent scientist, an aspiring biophysicist needs a Ph.D. or even a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).
Pay / Financials
A biophysicist's salary can vary considerably by industry. Those working with other physicists in offices earned the highest salaries of $206,600 per year. Biophysicists employed by equipment and supply wholesalers also made relatively high salaries of $107,370 annually. And, those working for research and development firms earned $92,160 per year.
Biophysicists' salaries tend to be higher in eastern coastal states. For example, those in New Hampshire earned some of the highest salaries at $112,670 per year, according to the BLS. They also made comparatively high salaries in Pennsylvania at $108,860 annually. Those in Massachusetts earned annual incomes of $92,860 per year. And these research professionals made closer to average industry salaries in California at $90,030 annually.