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Physical Sciences

What can I do in physical sciences?

Students who study the physical sciences have a broad range of careers open to them including astronomer, energy auditor, chemical engineer, conservationist, environmentalist, geologist, meteorologist, natural resource manager, oceanographer, chemist, engineer and physicist.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Knowledge of science and math is essential for students considering this career path. Communication skills are important as well, for both oral and written reporting. Because computers often are used in research and development laboratories, strong computer skills are a must. Organizational ability and skill in interpreting scientific results are important, as are high mechanical aptitude, attention to detail and analytical thinking.

Where can I work?

Physical scientists work under a wide variety of conditions. Some work indoors in laboratories and have regular hours, while others perform much of their work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations. Workers in this field may be exposed to hazards from equipment, chemicals or toxic materials. However, these working conditions pose little risk if proper safety procedures are followed.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

The Physical Sciences department at Trident Technical College offers courses in astronomy, chemistry, environmental technology and physics, preparing students for their continuing academic endeavors.