About the Career
Study matter, energy and the galaxies with a career in physics to unlock the secrets of how our universe works.
Physicists conduct experiments, create theories and apply physics to problems. They need at least a bachelor’s degree for federal government jobs and often have advanced degrees for university and research positions. The average salary is $121,770.
Astronomers explore, investigate and interpret astronomical phenomena. The average salary is $110,380 and they often have master’s or doctorate degrees. They usually work for universities or government organizations.
High School Teacher
High school teachers need at least a bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certification and earn a median salary of $58,030.
Physics College Professor
Physics college professors often conduct research and teach. They usually have doctorate degrees and earn an average salary of $97,520.
For additional information search the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh.
About the Program
Students can earn an Associate of Science in natural science, which prepares them to transfer to a university to major in a scientific field.
Students explore through labs, hands-on classes and extracurricular opportunities, such as the COM Science Club.
Students take classes such as Stars and Galaxies, Solar System, University Physics 1 and 2, Applied Physics, and College Physics 1 and 2.
Students gain marketable skills in:
- Critical Thinking
- Communication Skills
- Empirical and Quantitative Skills