Biophysicists


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Biophysicists

Introduction

The science of biophysics is the study of biological systems and biological occurrences using the principles of physics and chemistry, along with mathematical methods. Scientists working in this field are referred to as biophysicists. There are approximately 28,500 biophysicists and biochemists employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$93,280

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree


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Experience

Internship or part-time experience


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Curious

Earnings

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that biophysicists and biochemists employed in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing had annual mean incomes of $90,110 in May 2018. Those who worked for scientific research and development services had mean wages of $114,970 per year. Salaries for all biophysicists and biochemists ranged from less than $49,230 to more than $177,680 per year with a media...

Work Environment

Biophysicists generally work in clean, well-lighted laboratories. They usually work about 40 hours a week, with extra time required for research, continuing education, and other activities. College professors work in comfortable classrooms, offices, and laboratories. They operate on the academic calendar, which means that they can get summer and winter breaks from teaching classes.

Outlook

Employment for biophysicists is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The demand for biophysicists will stem from the need for basic research to increase scientific knowledge and to develop biological products and processes that improve our lives. Much of biophysics research is funded by the federal government,...

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