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Applied Physics


It usually differs from engineering in that an applied physicist may not be designing something in particular, but rather is using physics or conducting physics research with the aim of developing new technologies or solving an engineering problem. This approach is similar to that of applied mathematics. In other words, applied physics is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic concepts of the physical sciences but is concerned with the utilization of these scientific principles in practical devices and systems. Applied physicists can also be interested the use of physics for scientific research. For instance, people working on Accelerator physics seek to build better accelerators for research in theoretical physics.

Careers

Mathematicians
Wage: $95,150
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.2%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Employed Part Time: 5.6%

Education Requirements:
Doctoral degree
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Wage: $88,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 15.9%
Self Employed: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Employed Part Time: 7.3%

Education Requirements:
Doctoral degree
Mathematical Scientists
Wage: $73,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 21.3%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Employed Part Time: 5.6%

Education Requirements:
Master's degree
Mathematical Technicians
Wage: $44,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 7.9%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Employed Part Time: 5.6%

Education Requirements:
Master's degree