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Physics: Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

Skills and Abilities1

  • Science — Use scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Communication — Develop and write research proposals, review scientific literature, prepare technical reports, talk to others and write to convey information effectively
  • Technical — Design equipment, identify/classify materials, observe data, establish experimental designs, use instruments
  • Programming — Write computer programs for various purposes.
  • Investigative Skills — Define research problems, develop research models, establish hypotheses, gather and analyze data, evaluate ideas, see relationships among factors

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

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