Career outlook for physicist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would study the world around us and the scientific laws that make objects behave as they do. Your research would help develop all kinds of technology.
If you worked in theoretical analysis you would come up with theories. You would run models to predict and explain behaviours.
If you worked in experimental pure and applied research you would carry out experiments to put theories to the test.
You could specialise in many different fields.
For example, you might:
- Work on climate forecasting
- Improve medical processes
- Develop analytical tools
- Work on satellites and space exploration
- Find new ways to generate power
- Work with robots and artificial intelligence
- Teach in schools, colleges or universities
- Work in publishing, broadcasting or journalism
You would write up your findings in reports for project managers, scientific journals and funding bodies. You might also present your work at scientific meetings and conferences.
It would be important to have a good understanding of statistics and relevant computer software.
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