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Significant Information: Physicists & Astronomers




  • Scientific research and development services firms and the Federal Government employ 3 out of 5 physicists and astronomers.
  • Most jobs are in basic research and development, usually requiring a doctoral degree; masterís degree holders qualify for many jobs in applied research and development, while bachelorís degree holders often qualify as technicians, research assistants, or other types of jobs.
  • Employment is expected to grow more slowly than average.
  • Competition for jobs is expected; however, graduates with a physics or astronomy degree at any level will find their knowledge of science and mathematics useful for entry to many other occupations.