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Astrophysics is the application of physics to the study of astronomical objects and phenomena, with the goal of understanding and explaining how astronomical objects and phenomena occur and work. Becoming an astrophysicist requires training and skill in a combination of astronomy and physics.
Undergraduate programs in astrophysics aren't common, so students might opt to pursue a physics or astronomy degree with a strong secondary focus on the other topic. Most astrophysicists have a doctoral degree. Ph.D. programs in astrophysics require in-depth coursework in physics, astronomy, mathematics, computer science and statistics, as well as original research culminating in a dissertation. Doctoral programs generally take five years or more to complete.
The career trajectory of people with an Astrophysics degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Astrophysics degrees have experience in is Astronomer, followed by Aerospace Engineer, Astronaut, Physicist, Recreational Therapist, Farmer, Park Ranger, Forensic Science Technician, Market Research Analyst, and Scientist.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Forensic Science Technician||0.1%||0.0%||3.7×|
|Market Research Analyst||0.6%||0.1%||4.4×|
Astrophysics graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||-|
|Median (average earners)||-|
|75th (top earners)||-|
Astrophysics graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|We are still collecting information for this degree|