Biophysicists are interested in the physics of living systems and organisms. Frequently a member of an interdisciplinary research team, the biophysicist may be found in hospitals, graduate schools, government research laboratories, and private industrial research and development. A very promising specialty is radiological health physics.
In order to specialize, graduate work is essential. One with a Bachelor’s degree usually starts out as a technician and will advance to independent research and leadership with experience, competence in the field, and advanced education.
Employment of biophysicists is projected to increase by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
For physicists, the median annual wage was $106,370. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $58,850, and the top 10 percent earned at least $166,400.
The median annual wage of biophysicists was $79,390 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $142,420.
Career information adapted from:
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh