Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-992-8
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Careers in Physics

Editor: Donald R. Franceschetti, The University of Memphis
February 2014


Careers in Physics, contains over twenty alphabetically arranged articles describing specific fields of interest in physics with an accompanying discussion of a particular STEM -related career or occupation within that area. These occupational profiles provide a current overview and a future outlook, including green technologies where applicable. Merging scholarship with occupational development, this single comprehensive guidebook provides physics students and readers alike with the necessary insight into potential scientific pursuits and provides instruction on what job seekers can expect in terms of training and advancement, earnings, job prospects, working conditions, relevant associations, and more. Careers in Physics is specifically designed for a high school and undergraduate audience and is edited to align with secondary or high school curriculum standards.

Understanding the interconnected nature of the different and varied branches of science and technology is important for anyone preparing for a career or endeavor in STEM fields. Careers in Physics comprises more than twenty lengthy and alphabetically arranged essays on a broad range of branches and subfields within physics and over twenty corresponding occupational profiles that highlight a particular career within that branch or subfield. The overview essays include traditional and long-established fields such as civil engineering and applied mechanics to in-demand and cutting-edge fields such as cryogenics, environmental physics, and nuclear medicine. This excellent reference work then presents possible career paths and occupations within high-growth and emerging fields as diverse as aerospace technologies, hydrology, nanotechnology, oceanography, quantum physics, robotics engineering, and thermodynamics. While occupations requiring Green Enhanced Skills are marked with a “green leaf” symbol, the future applications of all occupations are thoroughly discussed.

Careers in Physics is also enhanced with numerous charts and tables, including US Bureau of Labor Statistics projections and median annual salaries or wages for applicable physics-based occupations. The Transferable Skills section notes those skills that can be applied across STEM occupations, and Interesting Facts provides insights into fields that are often overlooked. Rounding out these profiles are questionnaires completed by professionals in physics-related occupations. The respondents share their personal career paths, detail their potential paths for career advancement, and offer advice for students and readers—a must-read for those embarking on a career in science.

Science overviews range in length from 3,500 to 4,500 words and all entries begin with ready-reference top matter, including fields of study and a clear definition of the physics branch or subfield. Essays then place the major field or area of study in historical or technological perspective by examining basic principles and core concepts, including the discipline’s development, such as historic and current applications. The articles also cover the impact that each particular field has had on industry—a comprehensive section that includes private industry and business, government agencies and the military, and academic research and teaching, as well as the field’s social context and future prospects and applications. Further reading suggestions and detailed author profiles accompany all articles. Occupational profiles range in length from 1,500 to 2,000 words and include an “employment snapshot” in the top matter that presents the occupation’s median yearly earnings; employment outlook (sourced from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook); O*NETSOC Code (an eight-digit code assigned to each occupation through the US Department of Labor); and related “career clusters” that name occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Each occupation then receives the following detailed sections:

Scope of Work presents a brief introduction to the occupation, including the applications of the work.

Education and Coursework addresses the educational path and the basic coursework needed to go on to more advanced research or professional positions within this occupation or field.

Career Enhancement and Training details the certification or licensing necessary to secure employment and advancement in a given occupation, if applicable, and discusses the benefits of professional associations and societies.

Daily Tasks and Technology describes the typical set of daily activities of the occupation and the technology employed in the occupation.

Earnings and Employment Outlook provides an overview of the wages and job growth associated with the occupation.

Related Occupations lists similar or related occupations within the field.

Future Applications discusses the impact this field or occupation will have on future jobs and careers.

More Information lists websites that students can turn to for further research and information about the occupation.

In addition, unique highlights of these occupational profiles include:

Transferable Skills, a list of six to eight commonly recognized skills considered to be transferable across multiple careers and work environments.

Careers Questionnaire, a 150- to 300-word questionnaire completed by a professional within a particular field, relating his or her respective career path, advice, and possible advancement opportunities. This special feature canvasses a diverse range of professionals working in the fields of—or with a background in—physics, ranging from academia to the private sector, from small business owners to CEOs, and from young professionals to accomplished individuals.

Several features continue to distinguish this reference series from other career-oriented reference works. The back matter includes several appendixes
and indexes, including a general bibliography, a collated collection of annotated suggested readings, and an awards appendix listing the Nobel Prize winners in physics. Colleges to Consider presents an alphabetically arranged list of the most highly selective four-year colleges in the United States for pursuing and attaining a bachelor’s degree in physics, using select criteria. A career guidance appendix
presents a comprehensive listing of career-oriented portals maintained by preeminent and influential societies and organizations advocating on behalf of physicists and other scientists and science-related workers. Additionally, an occupational websites directory notes those websites with specific relevance to the pursuit of a career in physics.

Additional features are provided to assist in the retrieval of information. An index illustrates the breadth of the reference work’s coverage, listing people, scientific concepts and theories, technologies, terms, principles, and other topics of discussion, while an occupational index directs the reader to all discussions of a specific occupation throughout both the science and occupational profile articles.


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