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Physicist but not a professor

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I have just completed my freshmen year. I want to do major in physics. I am really confused should I go with general physics or focus in some particular branch of it for a good career?
I do not want to be a professor doing major in physics but want to do some research and also earn good with my degree. I am interested in astrophysics. i am confused which one is better career option astrophysics or aeronautic engineering?
 

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What about astrophysics interests you? If you're keen on plotting trajectories of spacecraft/asteroids/planets, then I'm sure an aerospace engineering degree focused on celestial mechanics would be very beneficial to you. If you want to model star formation, aerospace engineering isn't what you're wanting.
 
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There aren't a lot of jobs in astrophysics, and it doesn't have a lot of applications - so most of the jobs are at colleges and universities. If you want to avoid that, you won't be left with a ton of options. And it doesn't pay nearly as well as some of the other, more practical fields of physics that you can use to get an industry job - like optics, condensed matter, medical physics, biophysics, materials science, and more.
 

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