Physicist

Globally the intensity of climate change is of increasing concern as greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere through production and industrial activities. These changes in global climate patterns result in the frequent occurrence of extreme weather events like droughts and floods that impact human livelihoods and wellbeing and ecological integrity. The principles of physics can explain the complex and interrelated forces that shape weather patterns and accurately predict the impacts of climate change.

Physicists study matter, space, time, energy, forces and fields and examine the interrelationships between physical phenomena to understand the laws governing the universe. They apply these laws to identify practical opportunities to address challenges and discover new information about the earth and the universe. Some can focus on the design of specialised equipment such as aerospace technology, for example.

Physicists can spend time between research and development laboratories testing experiments and formulating theories in an office environment. They can engage astronomers, engineers and other professionals around development and experimental theories.

Skills

Physicists need to have a comprehensive knowledge of mathematical and physical science principles and laws, coupled with the:

  • Ability to methodologically conduct experiments and develop theories
  • Extensive attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent research competence

Tasks

Conduct research on forces, structures and other physical phenomena

Evaluate the results of experiments, methodologies and quality control tests

Provide technical support and advice on calculations and experiments

Report findings through reports, presentations or published articles

Studies

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Physics at all universities

Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Physics at TUT

Employers

National, provincial and local government.

Research institutions.

Mining and manufacturing companies.

Astrological observatories.

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