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  1. Jul 3, 2016 #1
    Hey guys.
    I am in my last year of high school and I need to figure out what my major is going to be, since I will be applying to universities next summer. I am really interested in astronomy but I know I would not be able to get a job in my country with a degree in either astronomy or astrophysics. So instead, I thought of doing a major in physics. But yet again, it is really hard to get a job in here with a physics degree. As a last resort, I am now thinking of majoring in mechanical engineering or mechatronics. I can't really say I am interested in engineering as much as I am interested in astrophysics or physics but I will have a better chance of employment. What do you think I should do? Should I go with something that I want to do or something that would get me a job?
     
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  3. Jul 3, 2016 #2

    DrSteve

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  4. Jul 4, 2016 #3

    Student100

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    Something you want to do. Life is too short to be spent mulling over practically versus desires. A physics degree isn't nearly as unemployable as people may think - even if you don't up doing physics, at least you had the chance to study what interested you.

    Obviously I'd recommend a physics degree over an astronomy degree for undergraduate, to keep as many options open as possible.

    Really, this is a very personal question you'll have to answer yourself. It comes down to your own expectations and tolerance of perceived risks.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2016 #4

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    This. This is particularly true if you want to go to grad school in astronomy. Many schools have combined physics/astronomy departments and they want to make sure that their graduate students can pass their quals. A physics bachelor's goes part of the way towards doing this.
     
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