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Physical Scientists

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.


Median Salary

New workers start around £22,472. Normal pay is £36,478 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £64,160.

Daily Tasks

  • 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.
  • Observes, records and collates data on atmospheric conditions from weather stations, satellites, and observation vessels to plot and forecast weather conditions.
  • Uses surveys, seismology and other methods to determine the earth.
  • 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.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies