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19-2012.00 - Physicists

Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Sample of reported job titles: Health Physicist, Scientist, Research Scientist, Physicist, Research Consultant, Research Physicist, Biophysics Scientist

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
79   Core Perform complex calculations as part of the analysis and evaluation of data, using computers.
77   Core Describe and express observations and conclusions in mathematical terms.
76   Core Analyze data from research conducted to detect and measure physical phenomena.
69   Core Report experimental results by writing papers for scientific journals or by presenting information at scientific conferences.
69   Core Design computer simulations to model physical data so that it can be better understood.
68   Core Collaborate with other scientists in the design, development, and testing of experimental, industrial, or medical equipment, instrumentation, and procedures.
77   Supplemental Direct testing and monitoring of contamination of radioactive equipment, and recording of personnel and plant area radiation exposure data.
76   Supplemental Observe the structure and properties of matter, and the transformation and propagation of energy, using equipment such as masers, lasers, and telescopes to explore and identify the basic principles governing these phenomena.
74   Supplemental Develop theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and apply these theories and laws to problems in areas such as nuclear energy, optics, and aerospace technology.
73   Supplemental Teach physics to students.
67   Supplemental Develop manufacturing, assembly, and fabrication processes of lasers, masers, infrared, and other light-emitting and light-sensitive devices.
60   Supplemental Conduct application evaluations and analyze results to determine commercial, industrial, scientific, medical, military, or other uses for electro-optical devices.
55   Supplemental Develop standards of permissible concentrations of radioisotopes in liquids and gases.
49   Supplemental Conduct research pertaining to potential environmental impacts of atomic energy-related industrial development to determine licensing qualifications.
45   Supplemental Advise authorities of procedures to be followed in radiation incidents or hazards, and assist in civil defense planning.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Chromatographic detectors — Atomic emission detectors AED; Photodetectors
Frequency analyzers — Analog frequency analyzers; Portable fast Fourier transform FFT analyzers; Spectrum analyzers; Two-channel fast Fourier transform FFT analyzers
Lasers — Argon ion lasers; Diode lasers; Single frequency dye lasers; Zeeman split lasers (see all 7 examples)
Mobile or transportable medical linear accelerators — Cyclotrons; High-energy accelerators; Linear accelerators; Positive ion accelerators (see all 5 examples)
Monochromators — Double monochromators; Grating monochromators; Scanning monochromators
Radiation detectors — Neutron detectors; Scintillation probes; Thermoluminescent dosimeters
Scanning probe microscopes — Atomic force microscopes; Friction-force microscopes; Magnetic force microscopes; Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
Signal generators — Arbitrary function generators; Function generators; Optical detectors; Radiofrequency RF generators
Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Analog sound level meters; Digital sound level meters; Pistonphones; Sound intensity probes
Spectrometers — Gamma ray spectrometers; High-resolution spectrometers; Prism spectrometers; Visible spectrometers (see all 5 examples)

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — CERN Physics Analysis Workstation PAW; COMSOL Multiphysics; Spectral Dynamics STAR; Vector Fields OPERA-3d (see all 25 examples)
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Mathsoft Mathcad; RibbonSoft QCad
Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access; MySQL software
Desktop publishing software — Scribus software
Development environment software — C; Formula translation/translator FORTRAN; Microsoft Visual Basic; Pascal (see all 7 examples)
Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software; GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP *; Xfig; XV (see all 5 examples)
Object or component oriented development software — Microsoft Visual C++; Practical extraction and reporting language Perl; Python; Sun Microsystems Java
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Video creation and editing software — Lenox Softworks VideoPoint
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
97   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
94   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
84   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
78   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
77   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
47   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
46   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
45   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
44   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
42   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
40   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
40   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
37   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
35   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
33   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
33   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
32   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
30   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
21   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
15   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
14   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
13   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
13   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
10   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
88   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
85   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
81   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
78   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
78   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
78   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
75   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
69   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
69   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
66   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
66   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
63   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
63   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
56   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
56   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
53   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
53   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
50   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
50   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
47   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
44   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
41   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
38   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
35   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
28   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
19   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
13   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
88   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
81   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
81   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
81   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
81   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
78   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
78   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
78   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
75   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
75   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
72   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
72   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
72   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
69   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
69   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
66   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
63   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
60   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
60   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
60   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
56   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
53   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
47   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
44   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
38   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
38   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
35   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
  Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
  Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
  Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
94   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Develop theories or models of physical phenomena.
90   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
85   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
85   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
84   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities.
84   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
83   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
81   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze geological or geographical data.
75   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
72   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
71   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
71   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
70   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
67   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials.
58   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
58   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Develop new or advanced products or production methods.
  • Establish standards for products, processes, or procedures.
58   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
56   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
56   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
53   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
51   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
50   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
47   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
45   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
45   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
44   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
43   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
42   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Instruct college students in physical or life sciences.
39   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
36   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
33   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
32   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
29   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
28   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
21   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
21   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
21   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
13   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
13   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
12   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
94   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
93   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
90   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
89   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
89   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
88   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
84   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
80   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
77   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
75   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
74   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
68   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
64   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
63   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
62   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
59   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
56   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
55   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
51   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
47   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
45   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
43   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
38   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
35   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
34   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
34   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
31   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
28   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
28   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
27   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
27   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
21   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
20   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
19   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
19   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
18   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
18   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
15   Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
14   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
11   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
11   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
10   Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
10   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
10   Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
10   Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
  Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
  Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
  In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
  Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
  Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
  Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
  Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
  Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
  Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
  Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
 Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
 In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
29   Post-doctoral training
23   Doctoral degree
22   Master's degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Mathematics — Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Physics/Astronomy — Acoustics; Astronomy and Astrophysics; Astrophysics; Atomic/Molecular Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Health/Medical Physics (see all 13 programs)

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
50   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
39   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
33   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
17   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
 Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Importance
Work Style
96   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
93   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
91   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
90   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
87   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
82   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
82   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
82   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
78   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
78   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
74   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
71   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
61   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
60   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
60   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
37   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Extent
Work Value
89   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
86   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
83   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
83   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
45   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
28   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $52.94 hourly, $110,110 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 21,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 7,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Physicists and Astronomers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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