Acoustics Physicists

Acoustics Physicists

Introduction

Acoustics physicists (Physicist, Acoustics or Sound Physicist) research and study the physics of sound and vibration and also research methods of controlling noise levels in industry, medicine and the workplace in general. They may also work on improving sound quality in the entertainment industry, controlling noise levels, developing communications systems, or medical ultrasound testing.

Work Activities

Acoustics physicists study the physics of sound and use this to develop the management of sound in science, industry, medicine and the environment.

Acoustics physicists predict and measure noise levels in the workplace, for example, in heavy industry and construction work. They identify areas where noise levels must be reduced and then recommend control techniques.

Heating, air conditioning or the external environment may be the cause of noise in commercial buildings. Acoustics physicists work with companies to investigate the cause of noise and recommend solutions, for example soundproof insulation, or to identify and remove noise sources.

Acoustics physicists improve sound quality in the entertainment industry, for example in theatres, stadiums and recording studios.

Personal Qualities and Skills

As an acoustics physicist, you will need to be accurate, methodical and have good problem solving skills. You must have good communication skills to explain your findings and will need written skills to produce reports and make recommendations, for example, on ways to reduce noise or improve sound quality.

Computer literacy, technical skill and precision are also key factors.

Pay and Opportunities

Graduates in this area can expect starting salaries of around EUR25k to EUR30k a year, rising with experience and further qualifications.

Entry Routes and Training

Acoustics physicists are graduates . You can also take a degree in Physics or Applied Physics that includes an acoustics element.

Qualifications

An honours degree in physics is required. Also postgraduate study is an advantage.

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