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What is a Physics Professor?

Physics Professor Job Description Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Life As a Physics Professor: What Do They Do?

  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Physics Professor Needed Skills

Physics Postsecondary Professors state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Job Demand for Physics Postsecondary Professors

In the United States, there were 17,600 jobs for Physics Professor in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,800 new jobs for Physics Professor by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,600 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Physics Professor are Utah, Colorado, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Vermont, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Physics Professor Salary

The typical yearly salary for Physics Postsecondary Professors is somewhere between $49,260 and $174,490.

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Physics Postsecondary Professors who work in California, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Physics Postsecondary Professors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $85,990
Arizona $105,480
Arkansas $84,540
California $138,250
Colorado $91,120
Connecticut $85,550
District of Columbia $100,940
Florida $99,090
Georgia $85,300
Idaho $91,050
Illinois $92,130
Indiana $107,260
Iowa $111,510
Kansas $95,460
Kentucky $78,830
Louisiana $107,030
Maine $84,400
Maryland $134,200
Massachusetts $116,470
Michigan $98,870
Minnesota $99,980
Mississippi $84,430
Missouri $83,010
Nebraska $80,240
Nevada $77,840
New Hampshire $108,970
New Jersey $113,400
New York $117,370
North Carolina $87,410
North Dakota $94,610
Ohio $116,670
Oklahoma $85,930
Oregon $92,300
Pennsylvania $98,870
Rhode Island $109,370
South Carolina $96,840
South Dakota $77,260
Tennessee $88,090
Texas $103,980
Utah $93,800
Virginia $83,910
Washington $84,200
West Virginia $76,200
Wisconsin $84,200

Tools & Technologies Used by Physics Postsecondary Professors

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Physics Postsecondary Professors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Google Docs
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
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  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Learning management system LMS
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • DOC Cop

Becoming a Physics Professor

Individuals working as a Physics Professor have obtained the following education levels:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Physics Postsecondary Professors?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Physics Postsecondary Professors employed by various industries.

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