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Learn interesting facts and information about a range of science jobs and careers.

What is a physicist? What do they do as part of their job? Read our job description facts and information to find answers to these questions and more while learning about physics careers.


  • Scientists who research in physics are called physicists.

  • Physics is an area of science that covers the study of matter, energy and forces.

  • Physicists study everything from tiny atomic particles to the entire Universe as a whole.

  • Physicists observe natural phenomena and use mathematics to develop theories which help explain why they occur.

  • Some physicists study theory while others apply it to the development of products such as medical equipment and electronic devices.

  • Physicists are usually good problems solvers with strong analytical minds and a desire to answer big questions.

  • Important subjects related to physics include chemistry, algebra, calculus, statistics and computer science.

  • Courses that can be taken as part of a physics degree include thermodynamics, astrophysics, electricity and magnetism, particle physics, nuclear physics, kinematics, quantum physics and more.

  • It is important for physics students to take a number of courses in mathematics.

  • Research roles in physics usually require a doctoral degree.

  • Those who choose a career in physics can work in private industries, academic institutions or government agencies.

  • Famous physicists include Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

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