Physical Scientists

Physical scientists study relationships between matter, energy and other physical phenomena, the nature, composition and structure of the Earth and other planetary bodies and forecast weather conditions and electrical, magnetic, seismic and thermal activity.


New workers
£ 22,445
£ 36,426
£ 64,075

Available jobs

In the past year there were 25,855 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Applies mathematical models and techniques to assist in the solution of scientific problems in industry and commerce and seeks out new applications of mathematical analysis.

  • Observes, records and collates data on atmospheric conditions from weather stations, satellites, and observation vessels to plot and forecast weather conditions.

  • Uses surveys, seismology and other methods to determine the earth.

  • Conducts experiments and tests and uses mathematical models and theories to investigate the structure and properties of matter, transformations and propagations of energy, the behaviour of particles and their interaction with various forms of energy.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Geology

  • Project Management

  • Physics

  • Geotechnical Engineering

  • Engineering Geology

  • Environmental Consulting

  • Risk Analysis

  • Hydrology

  • Environmental Science

  • Hydrogeology

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Management

  • Research

  • Investigation

  • Planning

  • Report Writing

  • Mentorship

  • Innovation

  • Self-Motivation

  • Writing

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.