Careers

Astronomy

Stars in your eyes? The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy is our newest program and your chance to master astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and more. This program is offered at the Arizona campus.

Career Areas

Because an Astronomy degree is more of an academic degree than a professional degree, there is a broad range of post-graduation opportunities. This is particularly the case for a physical science degree where significant computer and data analysis skills are gained by the student. Prospective students interested in this degree program can be roughly divided into three main groups:

  1. Students who intend to pursue graduate study in Astronomy and related fields to prepare for careers in research and/or higher education;
  2. Students who wish to work in Astronomy- and space-related fields that do not require graduate study in the field, such as:
    - Space-based and ground-based observatory technicians and operators,
    - Astronomical instrumentation development,
    - Commercial and military satellite operations, and other aerospace- related jobs,
    - Military service;
  3. Students who expect to work in fields that require a science degree and/or a strong background in data analysis and modeling, but with non-specific field requirements, such as secondary education, science/technical writing, and financial analysis.

Employers

  • Federal Government:
    o NASA
    o Department of Defense, such as US Naval Observatory and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
    o Department of Education
  • Federal Research Labs:
    o National Astronomy & Ionosphere Center (Arecibo Observatory)
    o National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
    o National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
    o Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
  • Aerospace Firms
  • Consulting
  • International Scientific & Technical Organizations
  • Academia
  • Teaching

Career Development Strategies

  • Develop mathematical skills
  • Develop general analytical skills
  • Develop ability to work in a team
  • Develop verbal and written communication skills
  • Involvement with pre-professional organizations and activities
  • Involvement in undergraduate research
  • Seek Co-op/Internship/Research experience for undergraduate (REU) opportunities