Is there a chance of Cosmo job for a 35 year old man ?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the topic of the speaker's interest in pursuing a career in cosmology or aerospace engineering at the age of 30. They seek clarification on the requirements and chances of success, and mention their background in computer science. The other participants suggest exploring one's interests and joining amateur groups, and also clarify the difference between cosmology, aerospace engineering, and astronomy. The conversation also touches on the possibility of being a mature student and the requirements for a thesis in graduate school. Some participants also share their personal experiences and advise the speaker to carefully consider their motivations for pursuing this career path.
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I would like to clarify what I am thinking now that I would like to be certified in Cosmology,
I am now 30 years old (nearly half of my lifespan). What conditions are there for me to acquire it ? Is there a chance of Cosmo job for a 35 year old man ?
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Or you think this is a bubble dream ?
I do not think so about my deam...
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What education do you have? What kind of job in Cosmology are you talking about? What kind of cosmology even?
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I am sorry, it may be aerospace engineering. I graduated from a computer science course years ago. I still have graduation certification papers from school.
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Your education is in aerospace engineering? As in an undergraduate degree or more? I would say, unless you have been keeping up on cosmology and have an interest and ability in mathematics, a career as a cosmologist isn't likely. You would need a PhD in theoretical physics or mathematics to do academic work anywhere in cosmology. It's not impossible though... but do you want to do research or what? And really, what kind of cosmology?
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My background education is in computer science, and I wonder if I can get another degree in aerospace engineering. Please don't be mad or surprised about what I am thinking, but except research work what can an old man do ?
I like to watch stars, analyze meteors anything around the earth
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Computer science to engineering isn't too big of a transition at all. Aerospace engineering doesn't lead into too much star gazing or meteor analysis though - that would be a degree in Astronomy. You could do another undergraduate degree in either engineering or astronomy though - there were many mature students in my undergraduate courses.
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What you dream of is not impossible. I finished undergrad at 35 and postgrad at 55. It depends a lot on why you want to turn your dream into reality. Is it for your personal reward or to make some contribution to humanity even though you may well be unrecognized? It is a very long path. If you have not already done so, perhaps you may wish to join an amateur astronomy group, make optical telescopes and join the world of amateur radio astronomy. It will make your journey easier and more enjoyable.
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Yes, to you it has taken really long for your graduate degrees, possibly to others it is much sooner. It looks like your area considers mainly certification, so people can acquire a degree at any age if they wish. Is a mature student's final thesis reexperimenting the previously done thesis or should it be new to graduate in the course ?
  • #10

Hello Kein,

One suggestion I have is for you should spend some time researching your career interests. Cosmology is a branch of physics that studies the macroscopic evolution of the universe. It deals with ideas of inflation, the conditions of the early universe, etc. It is an academic discipline, not a profession and as such does not require certification (at least in the way that say, a medical doctor requires certification by a national body in order to practice). Aerospace engineering is a branch of engineering having to do with flight. Astronomy is a science that is based on observations of the universe. While these areas can be somewhat related, they are very different, so it is worth doing some reading and taking some fundamental physics courses to figure out which areas really capture your interest.

One thing about astronomy is that you don't need to be a professional to make an active contribution to the field. Many amateurs have made important discoveries.

With respect to age, 30 is nothing to worry about - even if you have to start from scratch.

I'm not sure what your last question is asking with respect to a mature student's thesis. When you go to graduate school, a thesis results from unique research that you have done to advance the knowledge in a particular field. While it is often an extension of previous work, there is almost always a new and unique element to it.
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Aerospace Engineering, on the space side of things, deals more with the systems, orbital mechanics, and guidance side of spacecraft and satellites.

It sounds like you're more interested in Astronomy.
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Hi Klein. I didn't get my degrees as a "mature" student. I'm as immature as any other student. To get a thesis accepted in pretty well any accredited university you have to do some sort of fundamental research. It can be a literature search that has not been done before to conclude something new, or research that contributes something new to the world of science. Mine have always been something new rather than a literature search because I like doing weird and strange things in the lab. As do most. However, as has been pointed out, there is no such thing as a certified cosmologist, committed perhaps, but not certified. Just out of curiosity, why do you want to be a cosmologist? One of the greatest cosmologists I have ever had the pleasure of working with only had a grade three education. A brilliant and very respected man.
  • #13

Thank you for your replies
I am not into cosmology, I think I am now provided with quite a lot of ideas and thoughts as an incentive for more findings about what I should do.. :smile:
  • #14

Certification? Sure you didn't mean cosmetology?

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