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Other Professionals in Physical Sciences

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NOC:2115
Occupation:Other Physical Science Professionals
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes metallurgists, soil scientists and physical scientists and researchers, not elsewhere classified, involved in the conduct of theoretical and applied research in fields of physical science. Metallurgists use research and its practical applications to understand the properties of metals and alloys. Soil scientists conduct research into the composition, distribution, and erosion of soils. Materials scientists conduct research into the properties, composition, and production of materials such as ceramics and composite materials. Astronauts command, pilot or serve as crew members of a spacecraft to conduct scientific experiments and research, and participate in space missions. They are employed by governments, educational institutions and a wide range of industrial establishments.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of the main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Metallurgists conduct studies into the properties and production of metals and alloys.
  • Soil scientists conduct research into the composition, distribution and evolution of soils.
  • Materials scientists conduct research into the properties, composition and production of materials such as ceramics and composite materials.
  • Astronauts command, pilot or serve as crew members of a spacecraft to conduct scientific experiments and research, and participate in space missions as mission specialists to maintain spacecraft, install and repair space station equipment and launch and recapture satellites.
Sample job titles:
  • astronaut
  • ballistician
  • cosmonaut
  • firearms expert
  • metallurgist
  • pedologist
  • soil scientist
Skills:

The work of these individuals is detailed and precise, and often demands close concentration for long periods of time. Good judgement, initiative, and the ability to handle stressful situations are needed. You must be able to meet deadlines and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to supply information to users. Computer skills would be helpful.

Job requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree in metallurgy, physics, chemistry, or a related physical science discipline is required.
  • A master's or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research scientist.
  • Advanced degrees in a broad range of applied science areas, such as engineering or medicine.
  • Licences may be required for some jobs in this group.
Other considerations:

Mobility is possible with experience, to other fields of physical science or to management or regulatory program management.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Other Physical Science Professionals most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Other Professionals in Physical Sciences< 50N/AN/AN/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $77,853
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Other Professionals in Physical SciencesCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time100%94%
Percent self-employed7%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentOther Professionals in Physical SciencesCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern40%x12%$30,581
NorthernN/AN/A16%$33,660
Cape BretonN/AN/A13%$32,974
Halifax40%N/A47%$41,209
Annapolis ValleyN/AN/A13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeOther Professionals in Physical SciencesCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-24xx
25-34x14%
35-44x33%
45-54x32%
55-64x18%
65+x4%
Median Age4343
GenderOther Professionals in Physical SciencesCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female40%20%
Male60%80%
EducationOther Professionals in Physical SciencesCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax0.7%$28,107
High school50.0%x12.1%$35,125
Trades certificateN/Ax6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma50.0%x33.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degreeN/Ax29.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/A$100,7122.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/A$74,8749.7%$37,706
Doctorate50.0%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry50.0%x0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Society of Soil Science
PO Box 637
Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0
Tel: (204) 753-2747
Fax: (204) 753-8478
SheppardS@ECOMatters.com
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Suite 1250, 3500 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Westmount, QC H3Z 3C1
Tel: (514) 939-2710
Fax: (514) 939-2714
cim@cim.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Chemistry - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behaviour of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Geology/earth science - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific study of the earth; the forces acting upon it; and the behaviour of the solids, liquids and gases comprising it. These programs include courses in historical geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology, the chemistry of rocks and soils, stratigraphy, mineralogy, petrology, geostatistics, volcanology, glaciology, geophysical principles, and applications to research and industrial problems.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Materials science
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general application of mathematical and scientific principles to the analysis and evaluation of the characteristics and behaviour of solids, including internal structure, chemical properties, transport and energy flow properties, thermodynamics of solids, stress and failure factors, chemical transformation states and processes, compound materials, and research on industrial applications of specific materials.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Physics - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behaviour of the matter-energy continuum. These programs include courses in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
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