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Physicist ANZSCO Code: 234914

A physicist studies things like matter, space, time, energy, forces, and fields to understand how they all work together in the universe. They use this knowledge to solve real-world problems and learn more about Earth and the universe.

Physicist ANZSCO Code: 234914

Occupation Descriptions

A physicist studies matter, space, time, energy, forces, and fields, focusing on how these elements interact. They aim to understand the laws that govern the universe’s behavior and use this knowledge to solve practical problems and uncover new information about Earth and the cosmos.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Astronomer

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Medical Physicist*

VETASSESS is not the authorized assessing body for this specialization

Physicist is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

This occupation requires a qualification equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field closely related to the job.

Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification employment at an appropriate skill level, completed within the last five years. Both qualifications and employment must be positively assessed for a successful Skills Assessment Outcome.

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Additional qualifications in a highly relevant field of study include those comparable to the following levels: 

  • AQF Diploma 
  • AQF Advanced Diploma 
  • AQF Associate Degree or 
  • AQF Graduate Diploma

Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week): 

Applicants must have at least one year of post-qualification paid employment (20 hours or more per week) that is highly relevant to the nominated occupation and at an appropriate skill level, completed within the last five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.

Qualification and Employment Criteria

Qualification

AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree

This occupation requires a qualification in one of the following fields: Physics, Astrophysics, Engineering (Physics), Nuclear Physics, or Computational Physics.

This includes qualifications assessed at the AQF Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels.

Employment

Highly relevant tasks include:

  • Studying matter, space, time, energy, forces, and fields, and how they interact to understand the laws governing the behavior of the universe.
  • Developing analytical methods and techniques to explore the structure and properties of matter, the relationships between matter and energy, and other physical phenomena.
  • Testing the reliability of these methods and techniques by conducting experiments under various conditions.
  • Preparing scientific papers and reports, or overseeing their preparation.
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of Technicians and Technologists.
  • Specializing in one or more branches of physics, such as electrical, luminescent, mechanical, magnetic, radioactive, molecular, nuclear, ionospheric, atmospheric physics, or signal analysis.
  • Using knowledge and technology from their work to create new materials, products, and processes for use in industry, medicine, defense, and other research and development areas.
  • Applying the laws of the universe to solve practical problems and discover new information about Earth and the universe.
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    Employment information

    Physicists work in both theoretical and applied fields. Theoretical physics involves investigating and researching physics concepts and methods, including improving and creating new laws. Applied physics involves using this knowledge and technology to solve real-world problems across various industries.

    Physicists work in several industries, including academia, military, engineering, computing, electronics, finance, manufacturing, medicine, astronomy, and more.

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