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What is it like to be a Physicist?

Physicists study the forces, laws, and behaviour of the physical world to understand how things work, and use their knowledge to develop new materials, electronics, processes, or energy sources. Physics is a broad field with many areas of specialisation.

Physicists work in a variety of settings, ranging from private research facilities, colleges and universities, government agencies, to hospitals.

For more information about a career as a Physicist, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Physicists are required to be highly observant, well-organised, and to have a strong interest in science.

Other important skills include:

  • enthusiasm for research
  • aptitude for mathematics and computing
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • ability to analyse findings and discover practical solutions

To become a Physicist

To be able to become a Physicist, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


Explore your career options!

Do you enjoy problem solving? Let your curiosity take over.