Hello, The title of this thread refers to my question: How to become a marketable PhD astrophysicist ? My plan up until now was to obtain a joint honours degree in mathematics and physics, then eventually move on to a PhD in astrophysics. I have been lurking around this forum for years and the general concensus seems to be that it is practically impossible to get a research position. I don't intend to be one of those people holding a PhD and working in finance or other non-research based jobs. Over the last 2-3 years I have also developped interest in astronautical engineering (or more broadly aerospace eng). Now I'm looking forward to substitude mathematics for aerospace engineering - Is it possible to do a "double degree" in both physics AND aerosapce engineering? Can you proceed to a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics or physics with such a degree? If I was to not achieve a research-based job after obtaining my PhD in physics/astronomy/astrophysics, I can always look for a job in the field of space engineering and perhaps work with building/researching telescopes, space probes, etc. I'm assuming there's plenty of jobs available for engineer graduates upon completing their studies. What do you think?