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Nuclear physicist (SB page 46) reading Text. Grade 11
Nuclear physicist (SB page 46) reading Text. Grade 11
Nuclear physicist (SB page 46) reading Text. Grade 11
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Interviewer: Good afternoon and welcome to Your Career in Science. In the studio today, we have Sana, a nuclear physicist, who is going to tell us about her job. Welcome, Sana. How are

you today?

Sana: Hi. I’m fine, thanks. It’s good to be on the show.

Interviewer: I’m sure we’d all like to know about your job. What exactly do you do?

Sana: I mostly work with nuclear engineers to produce new forms of equipment. It’s hard work, but I enjoy the intellectual challenge.

Interviewer: Can you describe a typical day at your work?

Sana: Well, there isn’t really ever a typical day.

Sometimes, I work from 9 am to 5 pm, but I

might have to travel from one end of the country to the other to get to where I am needed. Sometimes, I have to work at night to complete my experiments, and at other times, I have to write a report very quickly. I have to work very long hours from time to time.

Interviewer: Are there any other kinds of work

that you do?

Sana: I used to teach Physics at a university, so I spent a lot of time with students. I really enjoyed teaching, but now I do a lot more research. I also do practical, hands-on work like testing the safety of the radioactive levels in different locations.

Interviewer: How did you become a nuclear physicist?

Sana: Well, I always wanted to work in Science. I studied scientific subjects at school and really enjoyed them. When I left school, I got a degree in Physics and then became a research assistant. After that, I worked on a PhD and taught university students before getting this job.

Interviewer: Have you got any advice for young people who want to follow your career path?

Sana: I recommend that you get some kind of work experience in a laboratory to see if you enjoy the type of work, and also to see if it suits you. Although my job is very stressful, I find it exciting and I enjoy it every day!