Careers

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Astronomy Educator, Teacher, Research Associate, Research Scientist, Astronomer, System Analyst, Project Coordinator/Manager, Planetarium Associate/Director, Museum Associate, and Theoretical Cosmologist.

Online Resources:

  • Check out FAQs about Careers in Astronomy in the Ask An Astronomer section.
  • The AAS guide to astronomy careers, A New Universe to Explore: Careers in Astronomy has information on education, career paths, and the various industries that hire astronomers.
  • American Astronomical Society publishes career articles by astronomers or browse through astronomy job listings and summer opportunities.
  • The Careers site at NASA has job, internship, and research opportunities for both students and professionals.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including physicists, astronomers, and geoscientists.
  • Spotlight on Careers, Explore the Sciences: Astronomy and Physics page, has career profiles, internship opportunities, and educational resources.
  • Vault Online Career Library - connect through LyonNet is another career resource that provides specific career summaries as well as guidance for internships, interviewing, resume- and cover-letter-writing. Occupational surveys from real employees in each industry are also available.
  • View and access 400 print resources through the CDC's online career library.
  • To browse the online resources related to your career interests in greater detail, stop by the Career Development Center.

Helpful Advisors:

  • Career Advisors and Peer Career Assistants at the CDC are here to help you find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access online and print resources. Contact the CDC for an appointment.
  • Alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Find alums through the Alumnae Association Member Directory.
  • Your professors may be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.