Physical scientists

£44,200

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

40

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

2.77%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Physical scientists study relationships between matter, energy and other physical phenomena, the nature, composition and structure of the Earth and other planetary bodies and forecast weather conditions and electrical, magnetic, seismic and thermal activity.

Qualifications

Entrants usually possess a degree, although entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Higher degrees and professional qualifications are available.

Typical tasks

  • conducts experiments and tests and uses mathematical models and theories to investigate the structure and properties of matter, transformations and propagations of energy, the behaviour of particles and their interaction with various forms of energy;
  • uses surveys, seismology and other methods to determine the earth’s mantle, crust, rock structure and type, and to analyse and predict the occurrence of seismological activity;
  • observes, records and collates data on atmospheric conditions from weather stations, satellites, and observation vessels to plot and forecast weather conditions;
  • applies mathematical models and techniques to assist in the solution of scientific problems in industry and commerce and seeks out new applications of mathematical analysis.

Common job titles

Stratigrapher
Palaeontologist
Consultant, geophysical
Petrologist
Gemmologist
Physicist, medical
Processor, data, geophysical
Rheologist
Assistant, meteorological
Geotechnologist
Geochemist
Hydrogeologist
Officer, research
Spectroscopist
Worker, research
Manager, research
Aerodynamicist
Scientist, research
Mapper, geological
Officer, meteorological
Researcher
Superintendent (National Physical Laboratory)
Palynologist
Forecaster
Adviser, geological
Consultant, geological
Interpreter, seismic
Assistant, research
Adviser, protection, radiation
Navigator, seismic
Astrophysicist
Meteorologist
Oceanographer
Astronomer
Geomorphologist
Reducer, data, geophysical
Geohydrologist
Scientist
Logger, mud
Geophysicist
Engineer
Officer, scientific
Crystallographer
Geologist
Hydrometrist
Hydrologist
Associate, research
Thermodynamicist
Geologist, engineering
Mineralogist
Biophysicist
Geoscientist
Practitioner, protection, radiation
Engineer, geophysical
Physicist
Seismologist
Ballistician
Director of research
Examiner, gas (Dept for Business Innovation and Skills)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.