Hi In order to not let my hobby define my profession, I am trying to see what are the future career prospects for studying astrophysics. My academic track record so far is very good, and I also possess offers for engineering courses in highly ranked universities (Imperial College, Univ College London, Delft univ, Edinburgh Univ, ...). But astrophysics is my first interest. On the practical side, whereas life might seem a bit romantic and excellent at my age, I believe that once studies are over and one settles down to career, family, etc. the bottom lines are good standard of living and the ability to continue to do what one loves. Thus I am struggling to understand whether astrophysics career allows for a standard of living comparable to that of an engineer from a top univ? Also: any suggestions on the typical companies that are on the lookout of astrophysicists would help, or a typical starting salary, etc.