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Applied Physics

Physicists study and research physical phenomena. They conduct experiments and analyze data to find applications for the basic laws of nature. Students in applied physics can relate their background in the fundamental principles of physics to “green” applications in research and development as well as activities that affect daily living and future planning


Green careers can be found within each of these job titles:

Solar Power Project Manager Climatologist
Wind Farm Manager Nuclear Scientist
Wind Analyst Operations Research
Consultant Physicist Water Management
Experimental Physicist Aeronautical Engineer
Optics Consultant/Physicist Journalist
Medical Products Physicist Materials Scientist
Patent Examiner Patent Attorney
Agricultural Engineer Petrology



Green jobs can be found within the following industries:

Solar Power Medicine
Wind Power Military
Utilities Aviation
Renewable Energy Agriculture
Energy Efficiency College & University Research Centers
Federal Government Transportation
Meteorology Biophysics



Green Internet Resources:

American Solar Energy Society   Dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the U.S

American Institute of Physics   Serves the sciences of physics and astronomy.  Supports ten member societies and provides a spectrum of services and programs devoted to advancing the science and profession of physics

American Physical Society   Professional organization dedicated to the advancement of physics.  Conducts public outreach, media relations, community education

Institute of Physics   Supports professionals in the field of physics, especially those in the teaching profession.  Leading publisher of hard and soft publications related to the study of physics

National Science Foundation   NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. Funds research in the traditional academic areas. The agency also supports "high-risk, high pay-off" ideas and novel collaborations.  Ensures that research is fully integrated with education

Sustainable Business   Provides global news and networking services to help green business grow. Rather than covering a slice of the industry, it offers visitors a unique lens on the field as a whole, covering all sectors that impact sustainability: renewable energy/ efficiency, green building, green investing, and organics

Association of Energy Services Professionals   Provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy   Dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.  Projects are carried out by staff and selected energy efficiency experts from universities, national laboratories, and the private sector.  Areas of focus include energy policy, buildings and equipment, utilities, industry and agriculture, and transportation

Green Careers Guide   Site offers green career categories with job descriptions, training required, training programs by state, and job listings. It also gives job search advice provided by careerbuilder.com.

 

 

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