Hello all. I am a high school student, and I plan on going to University (not sure which yet) to study Astrophysics, and I hope to eventually land a research job at a prestigious University. Of course, this is a very ambitious goal, and that's where my question comes in: Will I be able to do it? Some background on me and my situation: I have always loved Science. From the time I was 3 I would listen to my grandfather and father tell my about different topics and have discussions with them. When I was 12, I read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and loved it. I devoured it an afternoon, and spent the rest of the day grilling everyone for further details. As a result I have a LOT of background knowledge for Physics, including much of the math behind it and advanced topics. From what I can tell, I will do well in Physics if I study it. When I was 14 I taught myself Newtonian Mechanics by reading The Principia and some old textbooks, and more importantly loved all of it. So I'm reasonably confident I can succeed in college, but what do I do past that? Obviously for Academia the best option would be to go for a PhD immediately afterwards, but what if I can't get a good job? What other options are available for someone with an Astrophysics degree? Most people I've talked to say I should go into engineering, but that's just not my thing. I'm pretty good at it, but I don't enjoy it. So what would you guys advise?