A physical science degree program apprises students in various subjects that range from thermodynamics, to the theory of plate tectonics, molecular chemistry, soil science, astrophysics, astronomy and the laws of motion as well as properties of liquids. Degree programs generally specialize in a specific subject within the physical science, like chemistry, geology, astronomy or physics. A physical science bachelor's degree however, can prepare a student for working in a range of associated fields including materials science, geo-science and forensic technology.
According to the latest data collected, the average salaries for Physical Scientists for the job postings across the US are 5% more than the average salaries combined for all the different job postings in the country. A Physical Scientist on an average draws an annual salary of $75,000, as per the latest reports.
Jobs in the profession of physical sciences are in a lot of demand as well as they pay well. There are many technical jobs which need you to have the knowledge about this subject, along with having an expertise in various scientific areas. Below mentioned are some of the job types under physical sciences that one can get into:
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All of the above mentioned jobs need a proper college education, along with a Majors degree in science, and some courses in the subject of mathematics.
A little in Brief about a few Courses under Physical Science
Chemistry – Includes the basic chemistry principles including naming systems, physical properties of various organic molecules and chemical reactions. Students examine stereochemistry, conformational analysis and chemical bonding.
Physics – Includes the theories of rotation, energy, momentum and kinematics. Topics include relativity, latest studies in speed of light, and Newton's 3 laws of motion.
Geology – This course offers an exam of the various processes and the different materials that shape our Earth's landscape, including examining the Earth's crust's physical properties, consumption of the various natural resources and internal geologic events.
Physical Geography – This one stresses on the physical environment of our planet, including topography, geologic structures and weather systems.
Astronomy – This course discusses all current knowledge as well as continuing research about our solar system along with other planetary systems.
As per the BLS or the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of employment for chemists has been projected to go slower than the average through the year 2020. Apart from this, employment is also expected to fall down for the drug and chemical manufacturing industry. Also during this period, jobs for environmental scientists, physicists and atmospheric scientists are could increase at a decent average rate. For the geoscientists, the jobs have been projected to grow at a quicker rate than the average in order to match up to the demand of more energy as well as better and efficient ways of protecting the environment.
As per the BLS, one can get employment for almost all the physical sciences jobs science related bachelor's degree. You can also major in the subject of computer science, mathematics or engineering and add on these subject programs with a science course. For administration, faculty positions, or research, degree in Ph.D. is most often essential. If you want a job as a geoscientist then most of the states would want you to get a license, as per the BLS.
The fee for a Masters course in any of the physical sciences courses does not come cheap. The fee at the University of Chicago for the same course was $42,066 for the year '11/'12, for a 3 quarter and a full-time based program apart from various other additional fees and expenses.