What Can I Do With a Major In Astrophysics?
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The Astrophysics major combines the fundamental study of physics with observational astronomy and astrophysics. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to current astronomical and astrophysical problems and on individual research. Career opportunities include employment in private and government laboratories, university teaching, planetaria, the armed forces, or secondary school teaching. Possible graduate programs include astrophysics/astronomy, physics, science education, engineering, data science, applied math, and many others, including medical school and law school.<! -- end major description -->
Class of 2021 Career Outcomes for Astrophysics*
** Includes Self-Employed
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Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
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Additional Career Research Resources
- Candid Career (Watch recorded informational interviews of professionals in specific careers. Filter videos by career title, college major, industry, and more.)
- Firsthand (Explore a library of guides, articles, and other resources to help you explore careers, plan your job search, and learn about different work environments. Create a free account with your UGA email.)
- Glassdoor (Tool for job searching and applying as well as salary research)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (National data on occupational trends and salaries)
- O*NET (Free career assessment to analyze interests)
- Job Boards and Career Resources (Compiled by the UGA Department of Physics and Astronomy)
- The American Astronomical Society
- National Optical Astronomy Observatory
- American Physical Society Careers/Employment Information
- Physics Today