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Astrophysics and the Private Sector

  1. Sep 10, 2012 #1
    I'm currently studying physics and astronomy as a second year student. I really like the subject area, but I'm am unsure of how likely I will be able to find a job within private industry relating to astronomy/astrophysics. I know there are a few jobs out there, but GPS and satellite surveillance don't really sound to appealing. Now the recent success of SpaceX is encouraging, but that's about it.

    Now for a few questions.

    What are some potential positions as an astrophysicist in the private sector?

    Will I need to pursue a Ph.D for these positions?

    What are you thoughts on an astrophyisics and aerospace engineering double major?
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  3. Sep 13, 2012 #2
    1) There are a lot of different positions one can have in astrophysics.
    2) From what I hear, PhD is always a good idea for astrophysics.
    3) Sounds very effective.

    From a statistical point of view, astrophysics has an incredibly low unemployment rate -- almost 0%.
  4. Sep 13, 2012 #3
    Most of my astrophysics phd friends work in finance, insurance, IT, programming,etc. Its pretty unlikely you'll end up in a job directly related to astronomy/astrophysics. You might want to take a few finance or data mining classes to see how you like it.
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