About the job:

What you do

As an Astrophysicist, you study the physics of the stars and celestial objects.

You will get to teach Physics, research and handle administrative duties. You may also raise awareness about Astronomy by doing a lot of outreach to schools. In this domain, your level of education is strongly tied to the job you will be able to pursue.

  • With a Masters degree in Astrophysics, you may work as a Physics Teacher at a school, Lab instructor at a University, Data Scientist in a private company, or work in any astronomy-related company (ex. telescopes, planetariums)
  • With a PHD, you can apply as an assistant professor at a University (with or without research), work as a Data Scientist in private companies, work in software development, or work in any astronomy-related company (ex. telescopes, planetariums)
  • A Postdoctoral experience is a plus for being hired at universities
The tough stuff

As an Astrophysicist, you might face:                                      

  • A low number of job openings in universities
  • As a researcher, there will be competition to publish in order to be promoted                         
  • As an observational Astrophysicist, sometimes you will find difficulties in observing and gathering data, based on bad weather, etc.
The cool stuff

As an Astrophysicist, you might have a:                                               

  • Relatively stress-free work environment                                                                             
  • Good salary & benefits                                                                
  • Flexible schedule
  • With a PHD, your salary can go up to 2500-3000 USD per month
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours per week
  • Biannual Travel
  • Work outside of the office 

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • Option 1: Bachelor's Degree in Physics then Master's Degree in Astrophysics                                         
  • Option 2: Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics or Engineering, however a couple of remedial courses have to be completed before continuing your Masters in Astrophysics         
  • PHD in Astrophysics is recommended                                       
  • Postdoctoral research is also recommended      
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