What Can I Do with an MHC Major in Astronomy?

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)
  • Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
  • Rome Astronomical Observatory
  • Various Universities/Colleges
  • The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
  • The Daily Star
  • HL Yoh Company
  • Various public and private schools
  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Five College Astronomy Summer Intern Program

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
  • Theoretical Cosmologist

Online Resources:

  • Careers in Astronomy
    Check out FAQs about astronomy careers in the Ask An Astronomer section.
  • A New Universe to Explore: Careers in Astronomy
    This AAS guide to astronomy careers has information on education, career paths, and the various industries that hire astronomers.
  • American Astronomical Society
    Read career articles by astronomers or browse through astronomy job listings and summer opportunities.
  • NASA
    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, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including physicists, astronomers, and geoscientists.
  • Spotlight on Careers
    Explore the Sciences: Astronomy and Physics page - find career profiles, internship opportunities, and educational resources.
  • Vault Online Career Library - connect through LyonNet
    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.

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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.