Programs PhD in Cosmology = life in academia?

  1. I find myself very interested in Cosmology and would consider doing a PhD in the field, however I am not sure if I would like to be an academic or not.

    Given the relatively few technical applications of Cosmology, would it be wiser for me to enter a field with greater possibilities for entering industry?
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  3. I am an engineer that works in a place with a bunch of astronomers. Although I have a childhood interest in astronomy and I very much enjoy working on designing the machines they need, I can tell you that I would not actually want to become an astronomer. They use the telescope like 2 weeks in a year and the rest of the time they are on a computer analyzing their data. But I suppose you can also take your PhD and go work for a space agency or an astrophysics institute.
  4. The defense industry uses a lot of astronomers. Not as astronomers of course, but the skills they learn in grad school are very useful to the industry.
  5. If you want to do cosmology, I don't think there's a lot of people who do it professionally outside of universities. If you want to study cosmology, and get a degree that shows you have technical ability (as I understand it, cosmologists do a lot of programming and data analysis; these are highly transferable skills) then research it for a Ph.D.
  6. would cosmology fall under the realm of astronomy or high energy particles? a mix of both I would assume?
  7. Hi and thanks for all the responses. Will C that's exactly what I want as I think that will leave my options open. Wildman unfortunately I'd prefer not to work in defence but thanks for pointing that out.
  8. My tutor (a professor in extragalactic cosmology) mentioned a past PhD student of his now works for an oil company. Somewhere Zapper has put a link to an article about how PhD students generally don't realise just how employable their training has made them- not in general for their knowledge, but for the skills of working independently, advanced problem solving, etc.
  9. That's quite interesting, I'll try and find that link.
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