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Solar Physicist

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At a Glance... header image

Carries out research towards a better understanding of how solar activity affects the earth and the atmosphere.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Perform complex calculations as part of the analysis and evaluation of data, using computers.

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Describe and express observations and conclusions in mathematical terms.

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Analyze data from research conducted to detect and measure physical phenomena.

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Report experimental results by writing papers for scientific journals or by presenting information at scientific conferences.

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Design computer simulations to model physical data so that it can be better understood.

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Collaborate with other scientists in the design, development, and testing of experimental, industrial, or medical equipment, instrumentation, and procedures.

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Direct testing and monitoring of contamination of radioactive equipment, and recording of personnel and plant area radiation exposure data.

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Observe the structure and properties of matter, and the transformation and propagation of energy, using equipment such as masers, lasers, and telescopes to explore and identify the basic principles governing these phenomena.

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Develop theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and apply these theories and laws to problems in areas such as nuclear energy, optics, and aerospace technology.

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Teach physics to students.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Physics:  Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


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

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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

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

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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A degree in physics or astrophysics, followed by a Masters qualification in a related area (e.g. space science and engineering). Researchers in this field would typically also have completed PhD research. 

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Institute of Physics in Ireland
  Address: Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Limerick
  Tel: (061) 202 290/ (01) 708 3953
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