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ActivitiesResearch or study physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$79,390 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsBiophysicists usually work regular hours in offices or laboratories. Their work is exacting and detail-oriented, and it's very important that they complete each task they start. Those who work with dangerous organisms or toxic substances in the laboratory must follow strict safety procedures to avoid contamination. Some biophysicists depend on grant money to support their research. They may be under pressure to meet deadlines and to conform to rigid grant-writing specifications when preparing proposals to seek new or extended funding.

Minimum Education RequirementsMaster's Degree

SkillsMonitoring, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Writing, Equipment Selection, Mathematics, Complex Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, Science

AbilitiesMemorization, Category Flexibility, Deductive Reasoning, Problem Sensitivity, Flexibility of Closure, Written Comprehension, Near Vision, Mathematical Reasoning, Information Ordering, Inductive Reasoning