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Physicists (including Astronomers)

ANZSCO ID 234914

Overview

All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

  • $2,094 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Physicists (including Astronomers)

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 24% female Gender Share

Physicists (including Astronomers) study matter, space, time, energy, forces and fields and the interrelationship between these physical phenomena to further understand the laws governing the behaviour of the universe, and seek to apply these laws to solve practical problems and discover new information about the earth and the universe.

Specialisations: Astronomer, Medical Physicist.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in physics or nanotechnology to work as a Physicist (including Astronomer). It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Develops analytical methodologies and techniques to investigate the structure and properties of matter, the relationships between matter and energy, and other physical phenomena.
  • Tests the reliability of these methodologies and techniques by performing tests and experiments under various conditions.
  • Prepares scientific papers and reports, or supervises their preparation.
  • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of technicians and technologists.
  • May specialise in one or more branches of physics such as electrical, luminescent, mechanical, magnetic, radioactive, molecular, nuclear, ionospheric, atmospheric physics and signal analysis.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in physics or nanotechnology to work as a Physicist (including Astronomer). It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    95% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Physics

    92% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  3. Engineering and technology

    78% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Computers and electronics

    76% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. English language

    74% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Education and training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Mechanical

    51% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  8. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  9. Clerical

    46% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Public safety and security

    46% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Chemistry

    45% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  13. Technical design

    44% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  14. Telecommunications

    43% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  15. Biology

    39% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  16. Law and government

    37% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Customer and personal service

    35% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  18. Psychology

    35% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  19. Sales and marketing

    26% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Personnel and human resources

    19% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    86% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    84% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Mathematics

    82% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  4. Active learning

    80% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Writing

    75% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Learning strategies

    71% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  7. Critical thinking

    70% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Instructing

    70% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Complex problem solving

    68% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Speaking

    68% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Active listening

    64% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  13. Programming

    63% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  14. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  15. Systems analysis

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Persuasion

    54% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    88% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Mathematics

    86% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  3. Oral expression

    86% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    84% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Working with numbers

    80% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  6. Written expression

    80% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    79% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    79% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Originality

    79% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    75% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Categorising

    73% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    73% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Speech clarity

    73% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Problem spotting

    71% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  15. Visualization

    64% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Speed of recognition

    61% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  17. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  18. Speech recognition

    57% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Thinking creatively

    91% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    88% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    88% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Researching and investigating

    86% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    84% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  6. Explaining things to people

    83% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Giving expert advice

    76% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  9. Communicating with the public

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    73% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    73% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    72% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  15. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    69% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Working with computers

    69% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    68% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    64% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2012.00 - Physicists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Spend time sitting

    79% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    74% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Letters and memos

    70% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    67% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Contact with the public

    65% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  17. Competition

    64% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Frequent decision making

    61% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  19. Physically close to people

    57% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    56% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    90% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Working conditions

    88% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    38% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    57% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2012.00 - Physicists.

All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

  • $2,094 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Physicists (including Astronomers)

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 24% female Gender Share

Physicists (including Astronomers) study matter, space, time, energy, forces and fields and the interrelationship between these physical phenomena to further understand the laws governing the behaviour of the universe, and seek to apply these laws to solve practical problems and discover new information about the earth and the universe.

Specialisations: Astronomer, Medical Physicist.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in physics or nanotechnology to work as a Physicist (including Astronomer). It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Develops analytical methodologies and techniques to investigate the structure and properties of matter, the relationships between matter and energy, and other physical phenomena.
  • Tests the reliability of these methodologies and techniques by performing tests and experiments under various conditions.
  • Prepares scientific papers and reports, or supervises their preparation.
  • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of technicians and technologists.
  • May specialise in one or more branches of physics such as electrical, luminescent, mechanical, magnetic, radioactive, molecular, nuclear, ionospheric, atmospheric physics and signal analysis.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in physics or nanotechnology to work as a Physicist (including Astronomer). It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    95% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Physics

    92% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  3. Engineering and technology

    78% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Computers and electronics

    76% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. English language

    74% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Education and training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. Mechanical

    51% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  8. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  9. Clerical

    46% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Public safety and security

    46% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Chemistry

    45% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  13. Technical design

    44% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  14. Telecommunications

    43% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  15. Biology

    39% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  16. Law and government

    37% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  17. Customer and personal service

    35% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  18. Psychology

    35% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  19. Sales and marketing

    26% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Personnel and human resources

    19% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    86% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    84% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Mathematics

    82% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  4. Active learning

    80% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Writing

    75% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Learning strategies

    71% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  7. Critical thinking

    70% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Instructing

    70% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Complex problem solving

    68% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Speaking

    68% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Active listening

    64% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  13. Programming

    63% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  14. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  15. Systems analysis

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Persuasion

    54% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    88% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Mathematics

    86% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  3. Oral expression

    86% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    84% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Working with numbers

    80% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  6. Written expression

    80% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    79% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    79% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Originality

    79% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    75% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Categorising

    73% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    73% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Speech clarity

    73% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Problem spotting

    71% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  15. Visualization

    64% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Speed of recognition

    61% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  17. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  18. Speech recognition

    57% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Thinking creatively

    91% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    88% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    88% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Researching and investigating

    86% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    84% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  6. Explaining things to people

    83% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Giving expert advice

    76% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  9. Communicating with the public

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    73% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    73% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    72% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  15. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    69% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Working with computers

    69% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    68% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    64% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2012.00 - Physicists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Spend time sitting

    79% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    74% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Letters and memos

    70% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    67% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Contact with the public

    65% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  17. Competition

    64% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Frequent decision making

    61% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  19. Physically close to people

    57% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    56% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    90% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Working conditions

    88% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    38% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    57% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2012.00 - Physicists.
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