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Astrophysics vs. Mechanical Engineering

beirichbenbeirichben 21 replies12 threads Junior Member
Ever since I was young astrophysics was very interesting to me and I always planned to get a phd in astrophysics because I was so interested in it. But as I have got older I have learned how there is a glut of graduates, a low turn over rate for academia, and not very many non academic jobs, so I was wondering if it was worth pursing the phd and hoping to get a permanent academia job after post doc work or just go into an engineering field like mechanical.
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  • PulseStarPulseStar 115 replies4 threads Junior Member
    What grade are you in?
    If you're truly passionate about it then I'd say go with it. Is a position in Academia a negative? Are you math inclined?

    Studying physics gives you a wide skill set that can be applied outside of astrophysics. If you're in highschool, I'd suggest searching colleges that are well connected in astrophysics/astronomy/physics and have your alternate major.

    I worried about this also at the beginning of the year. I really want to study astrophysics but I'm also interested in aerospace engineering. (See the pattern?) As a result I'm ranking all my colleges on having engineering. Aerospace engineering is rather rare so I'm looking at Grad opportunities because if someone is doing it then maybe I can learn from them. Is there a better way of doing this?

    There's a physics forum that has answers from people who studied astrophysics which you should look up. The general consensus is do your undergraduate on physics with an astrophysics/astronomy focus. Jobs wise there were stories about their major landing them on Wall Street. Physicists need to know a lot of math which makes them employable.
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