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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 out the answers to these questions and more while learning all 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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