PHD Astrophysics.... and the alternative Hi guys, I'm starting school in Columbia in like 3 weeks (!!! ), and am very excited to be finally be able to buckle down and study Astrophysics, which is my passion. My plan is to go all the way to a PhD, because I have so many unanswered questions about the universe ( I really want to get into cosmology ). However, I thought that I find out now about the job prospects for someone with a PHD in Astrophysics. Ideally, of course, I would like to conduct research, be it in an institution like NASA or within Academic. From what I heard, astrophysics jobs are limited, and the situation is not likely to improve much by the time I graduate. I would like to know from you guys, whether through personal experience or observing the experience of others, what are the job prospects for someone with a PHD in Astrophysics are, be it working in academia, industry, or even not directly working with Astrophysics after getting a Phd. Please let me know as I would be most interested in planning for my future, as well as preparing for any set backs . Thanks !