7.6/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $62.42 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 9% (Totally Safe)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Physicists' job openings is expected to rise 8.8% by 2030
'Physicists' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Physicists' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Physicists' was $129,850, or $62.42 hourly
'Physicists' are paid 209.5% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 16,160 people employed as Physicists.
This represents around 0.01% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

SOC Code: 19-2012.00

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Pinaki Patra says
A huge section of theoretical physicists do algorithm based research, which can easily be replaced by automation.
However, Philosophy based theoretical research is difficult to be replaced.
Feb 08, 2021 at 07:08 PM
Physics Boi (Small chance) says
Doubt it, anyway we need physicists to understand what the AI is discovering anyway
Jan 06, 2021 at 08:16 AM
Anonymous (No chance) says
It is scientifically proven that the human brain is MUCH more complicated than any AI, and it is very hard for AI to ask a question and solve it on their own, so I think AI stands no chance on taking over the complex job of science.
Dec 28, 2020 at 01:45 PM
Tom (No chance) says
Whilst experimental physics can be automated, I doubt theoretical physics will be automated
Aug 07, 2020 at 12:20 PM
Mark (No chance) says
Most physicists I know are already good with experimental automation and AI and there's still plenty of work for everyone.
Jul 20, 2020 at 04:55 PM
Nine says
Scientific discovery can be easily automated. It has a rather rigorous process. And if not, then the computer can use randomness like humans do.
Feb 26, 2020 at 10:24 PM
No Nine says
Computers use "seeds" as a way to "randomize" events. As soon as the seed is known, randomness is no more useful. The randomness of computers is limited, is false.
Jan 18, 2021 at 03:39 AM
Me (Small chance) says
Too chaotic
Dec 07, 2019 at 01:08 AM
Physics boy says
10% really??
Nov 11, 2019 at 08:47 AM
Anthony says
It’s comparatively still very low, so don’t worry about it lol.
Aug 28, 2020 at 05:30 AM
Furkan (No chance) says
artificial intelligence can not be a physicist because it takes more than imitation to ask a new question to understand the universe
Sep 23, 2019 at 03:04 PM
Charlotte Bellanie (No chance) says
It’s a job that simply can’t be replaced, robots don’t have feelings, it would feel as though you were talking to a wall.
Sep 19, 2019 at 06:02 AM
Giorno (No chance) says
There is no way scientific discovery can be automated
Jul 25, 2019 at 04:54 AM
Gabriel says
Not really. AIs understand patterns better than we do. Also being faster than we are.
Apr 28, 2020 at 01:49 PM
NameLess says
When Albert Einstein conceived General Relativity, he did not do so using standards. This, one of the most important theories of physics (if not the most), was largely generated by mixing from your knowledge with your imagination. Robots would never do anything as beautiful as Relativity, Quantum Strings, Singularity, etc.
Feb 17, 2021 at 10:46 PM
Faisal Ali says
I might not really agree because the work of Physicist is too complicated & AI will not replace any theoretical scientists at all.
Apr 29, 2020 at 11:02 PM
Johann says
Probably means automating certain procedures in experiments, or using simulations to define and test experimental laws, hypotheses, etc.
Aug 06, 2020 at 07:38 PM

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