# Is it worth studying Aerospace engineering for Astronomy?

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I want to be an astrophysicist. Physics and Astronomy are my passions, my love. But, I also love Aerospace engineering, and there's no way I can just have this passion as a mere hobby. So, do you think that studying a Master on Aerospace engineering will be worth for being an Astrophysicist (PhD) or just a loss of time?

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Grinkle
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there's no way I can just have this passion as a mere hobby.
Not sure what your plans are, but an Aerospace engineer is not an Astrophysicist, and vice-versa.

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Astrophysics
is a branch of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe.

Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft.

IMO if you want to be one, a degree in the other is not likely to be of much direct career benefit.

billy_joule
True, for being a succesful Astrophysicist, Aerospace engineering may not be quite useful. Nevertheless, it may get you into something related to both fields (labs, telescope projects...) within this very competitive world. This are especulations. I don't know for sure. Do you, guys :) ?

CalcNerd
Education Advisor
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My $0.02 only. Engineering is a high probability employment option. Astrophysics will likely require lots and lots of education, plus publishing.... and not really garner fair compensation. Lots of companies can find a reason to hire an engineer (even one without direct qualifications ie you might be offered work in Machine design), but not many companies are going to hire an Astrophysicist. period.. Perhaps some academic position may open up, but even there, the feeling might be, "he will certainly leave us, even mid term if something better crops up" AND they would be correct, because you could NOT risk the chance of not jumping on better, because with an Astrophysics degree, only so many opportunities are out there, vs engineering has a wider selection. . However, truth be told, if you can't love engineering, you shouldn't make yourself miserable just because it pays. My$0.02 only. Engineering is a high probability employment option. Astrophysics will likely require lots and lots of education, plus publishing.... and not really garner fair compensation. Lots of companies can find a reason to hire an engineer (even one without direct qualifications ie you might be offered work in Machine design), but not many companies are going to hire an Astrophysicist. period.. Perhaps some academic position may open up, but even there, the feeling might be, "he will certainly leave us, even mid term if something better crops up" AND they would be correct, because you could NOT risk the chance of not jumping on better, because with an Astrophysics degree, only so many opportunities are out there, vs engineering has a wider selection.
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However, truth be told, if you can't love engineering, you shouldn't make yourself miserable just because it pays.
Does that mean I should go into those 2 fields for being sure of getting job or that I'd better move on engineering?

Student100
Education Advisor
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Are you already done with undergrad? What was it in?

Not sure what your plans are, but an Aerospace engineer is not an Astrophysicist, and vice-versa.

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Astrophysics
is a branch of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe.

Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft.

IMO if you want to be one, a degree in the other is not likely to be of much direct career benefit.
You missed Top Gun, I see. :).

CalcNerd