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PHYSICIST, IN-DEPTH: There Are Very Few Sites On Earth Where You Can Work With Snow

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Henning, a Physicist studying snow, goes in-depth with his story sharing what he likes best about his job and its challenges. He talks about his key decision that put him where he is today and how challenging it is to find work in his particular field. He also talks about what his work-life balance is like.

Degree: Physics
Job Title: Researcher in Snow Science

Job Summary: Physicists

Job Description

Physicists and astronomers study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods, and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications.

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Many physics and astronomy Ph.D. holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position, which typically lasts 2 to 3 years. During their postdoctoral appointment, they work with experienced scientists as they continue to learn about their specialties or develop a broader understanding of related areas of research. Their initial work may be carefully supervised by senior scientists, but as they gain experience, they do more complex tasks and have greater independence in their work.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Indoor, Office, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Mathematical skills, Detail oriented

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