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Working As A Physical Scientist

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Physical Scientist Do At Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

* Coordinates environmental compliance activities in Region by implementing environmental auditing program and assisting the Central Office to maintain a database of environmental compliance problems and to develop a budget for correction.
* Identifies response action and provides oversight of the cleanup of sites on Indian lands that have been found to present a threat to human health and/or the environment because of the presence of hazardous waste, hazardous substances, petroleum, or other regulated substances.
* Ensures the implementation of the emergency contingency plan, the notification of appropriate offices, and ensures that risk assessments are carried out and provided to the appropriate officials.
* Provides training for personnel in the Regional and field offices to enable them to deal with both illegal and accidental discharge and dumping of hazardous wastes on Indian lands.
* Coordinates activities and assists the personnel, field agencies and tribes with liaison duties at meetings.
* Conducts, reviews, and provides technical assistance on pre-acquisition environmental site assessments

What Does A Physical Scientist Do At Geological Survey

* Supervise the Studies section of the OK Water Science Center.
* Develop new and coordinate current programs with federal, state. local, and tribal contractors.
* Follow and instruct others on USGS and OK Water Science Center policies.
* Effectively communicate scientific results and Studies section needs.
* The U
* S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
* For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.
* Travel Required
* Occasional Travel
* An average of 2 nights of overnight travel may be required.
* Relocation Authorized
* No
* Job Requirements
* Key Requirements
* Applicants must be U
* S. Citizens.
* Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
* Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
* Selectee may be subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period.
* More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
* Qualifications
* For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:
* http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/1301.html

What Does A Physical Scientist Do At National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

* Serve as a Program Manager and Product Area Lead for the Low Rate Information Transmission (LRIT), the High Rate Information Transmission (HRIT), and the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) programs.
* Coordinate transition plans with High GOES
* R satellite Program to ensure the successful implementation of HRIT/EMWIN operations.
* Collaborate with NOAA’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) Help Desk to develop and implement customer outreach and user education service procedures, coordinate the issuance of user notifications on system anomalies, and provide status updates on the availability of products and services.
* Prepare and present conference presentations, briefings, trainings, and educational materials on NESDIS satellite products and services.
* Travel Required
* Occasional Travel
* Up to 15% of foreign and domestic travel may be required.
* Relocation Authorized
* No
* Job Requirements
* Key Requirements
* Must be a U
* S. Citizen or National to apply.
* Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
* Must be suitable for Federal employment.
* Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
* Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
* Qualifications
* Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U
* S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.
* This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

What Does A Physical Scientist Do At Air Force Materiel Command

* 1301 - General Physical Science Series:
* A Physical Scientistcould have duties which includes involve professional work in the physical sciences.
* The duties could also include work in a combination of physical science fields

What Does A Physical Scientist Do At Geological Survey

* Lead studies using advanced techniques to better understand geological and geochemical processes related to the development and changes in terrestrial and planetary landscapes.
* Conduct remote sensing studies using state-of-the-art data including reflectance and imaging spectroscopy techniques and spectroscopic theory.
* Interpret, present, and publish results of scientific investigations.
* Lead and work with a team of scientists both in USGS and externally funded projects.
* USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
* The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement.
* The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.
* For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.
* Travel Required
* Occasional Travel
* Average of 3 nights per month of travel required.
* Relocation Authorized
* Yes
* Relocation may be authorized.
* Job Requirements
* Key Requirements
* Applicants must be U
* S. Citizens.
* Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
* Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
* Selectee must provide driver's license and current driving record.
* More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
* Qualifications

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Physical Scientist Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

32.7%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Black or African American

14.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

German

20.6%

French

11.8%

Cantonese

8.8%

Korean

8.8%

Italian

5.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Croatian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Physical Scientist Education

Schools

Johns Hopkins University

6.7%

University of Southern Mississippi

6.7%

George Washington University

6.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.3%

College of William and Mary

5.3%

Towson University

5.3%

West Virginia University

5.3%

Colorado State University

5.3%

George Mason University

5.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.3%

University of New Mexico

5.3%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

Columbia Southern University

4.0%

Baylor University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Arizona

4.0%

University of South Alabama

4.0%

University of Phoenix

4.0%
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Majors

Geology

20.0%

Physics

10.0%

Geography

9.0%

Environmental Science

7.6%

Chemistry

7.6%

Biology

6.2%

Business

5.7%

Meteorology

4.8%

Public Health

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Engineering

2.4%

Mathematics

2.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.9%

Geological Engineering

1.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.9%

Microbiology

1.4%

Computer Science

1.4%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

39.4%

Bachelors

32.4%

Doctorate

12.8%

Other

9.0%

Certificate

3.8%

Associate

2.2%

License

0.3%
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Real Physical Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Magnetism Reflectometer Instru Scientist/Physicis Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Jan 05, 2011 $114,528
Physical Scientists, All Other Humanscale Corp. San Francisco, CA Nov 14, 2013 $111,301
Physical Scientist Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Amado, AZ Oct 19, 2015 $108,497
Scientist, Pharmaceutical Sciences-Physical Chem Allergan Sales, LLC Irvine, CA Aug 26, 2012 $101,126
Physical Scientist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Pittsburgh, PA Jan 17, 2013 $100,088
Physical Scientist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Pittsburgh, PA Jan 17, 2010 $95,451
Scientist-Physics, SR. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 08, 2014 $95,000
Physical Scientists, All Other Battelle Columbus, OH Apr 24, 2009 $90,000
Scientist-Physics, SR. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 26, 2014 $90,000
Scientist-Physics, SR. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2014 $89,500
Physical Scientist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS PA Jul 29, 2011 $77,154
Research Physical Scientist Entegra Corporation Gaithersburg, MD Nov 01, 2014 $75,000
Scientist, Applied Physics & Materials AIST-NT, Inc. Novato, CA Oct 01, 2009 $75,000
Scientist, Applied Physics AIST-NT, Inc. Novato, CA Jul 09, 2016 $72,000
Physical Scientist Kt Consulting-Nv, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Mar 27, 2011 $71,656 -
$150,000
Research Physical Scientist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Morgantown, WV Jun 27, 2010 $68,809
Physical Scientist Junior Applied Spectra Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 29, 2012 $67,306
Physical Scientists, All Other Nova Southeastern University Dania Beach, FL May 21, 2010 $61,800
Research Physical Scientist Micro Magnetics, Inc. Fall River, MA Oct 01, 2010 $60,800
Scientist, Applied Physics & Materials AIST-NT, Inc. TN Oct 01, 2009 $60,000
Scientist, Applied Physics AIST-NT, Inc. Novato, CA May 20, 2010 $60,000
Physical Scientist Microseismic Inc. Houston, TX Sep 07, 2012 $60,000
Scientist, Applied Physics AIST-NT, Inc. Novato, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Scientist, Applied Physics AIST-NT, Inc. Novato, CA Sep 08, 2012 $60,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Physical Scientist

Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Allergan Inc
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.2 years
How much does a Physical Scientist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Physical Scientist in the United States is $72,525 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $106,000.

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Top Skills for A Physical Scientist

  1. Environmental Compliance
  2. Laboratory Reports
  3. Procedures
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  • Avoided potential environmental damage and penalties from environmental regulators by coordinating environmental compliance assessments.
  • Provided laboratory reports communicating results and interpretations for examiners.
  • Coordinated measurement validation procedures between the Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Night Vision Laboratory.
  • Monitor quality of remote sensing data collection operations to determine if procedural or equipment changes are necessary.
  • Performed instrument maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.

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