To start, what would be required to stand out from other PhD graduates in order to grab jobs in research or in the space industry? I want to do science for a living and I've now come to realize just how competitive that is. So what exactly makes an applicant attractive in this field? I remember back when I was told that with my grades and test scores, I could do anything I wanted. Now here I stand trying desperately to avoid the collegiate meat-grinder. Any more of this and I'll major in engineering and enjoy job safety and probably higher pay. However, assuming I keep with physics, my future college offers different concentrations with the physics degree. Which of Astronomy, Bio, Computational, Electronics, Geo, Optics, or Professional should I choose? As far as what I hope to do in the future, Astronomy sounds the most logical, but what would professional entail?