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Physical Sciences: Career and Education Opportunities in Wyoming

Physical Sciences: Physical Science professionals are working to answer the fundamental questions of how the world and everything beyond it works. Like all scientists, their job is to both communicate these answers to the rest of the world so they can be used to improve our lives and our interactions with the environment.

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Wyoming has a population of 544,270, which has grown by 10.22% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Equality State," Wyoming's capital and most populous city is Cheyenne. In 2008, there were a total of 404,855 jobs in Wyoming. The average annual income was $48,580 in 2008, up from $46,726 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Wyoming was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.9% of Wyoming residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Wyoming include mining, mining (except oil), and crude petroleum gas extraction. Notable tourist destinations include the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Nelson Museum of the West, and the Union Pacific Historical Society.


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CAREERS WITHIN Physical Sciences


Astronomers observe, research, and interpret celestial and astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge and apply such information to practical problems. Astronomers need to understand and use core scientific concepts. They also need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions.
Atmospheric Scientist

Atmospheric Scientists investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Atmospheric Scientists need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.

Chemists conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Chemists need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to understand and use core scientific concepts.
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Environmental Health and Safety Specialists conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Environmental Health and Safety Specialists need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to write well.
Geological Specialist

Geological Specialists study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the earth. Geological Specialists need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to read and understand what has been read.

Hydrologists research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere. Hydrologists need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to use core mathematical skills in problem solving.