Career Options

You may be a future Astronomy-Physics major or an Astronomy-Physics major considering your job options. What can you do with an Astronomy-Physics Bachelor's degree?

L&S Career Services offers tools such as Graduate School Prep, Discover Careers, Job Search Tools and Strategies, Interview Skills and On-Campus Interviews that provide information and opportunities for success.

Throughout the academic year the Astronomy Department also holds the following major and career events: Career and Networking Workshop; Panel Discussion on Application and Interview Strategies for Graduate School and the REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Summer Research Program; Introduction to the Astronomy Major and Astronomy Club pizza pvent; and the Speak with a Gaduate Student About The Graduate Experience pizza event.

Many of our majors pursue graduate degrees in Astronomy or Physics, many do not. Here are some careers reported by our Bachelor's degree graduates:

  • Research Intern, Center For Astrophysics
  • Senior Test Engineer, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • IT Lead Analyst, Alliant Energy
  • Software Engineer, Industrial Light & Magic
  • Systems Admin, Portland General Electric
  • Product Development Manager, Mad City Labs, Kloten, Switzerland
  • Technical Writer and Editor, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Lab Tech, THE DNA Sequencing Lab, Oregon State University Medical Center
  • Data Processor/Analyst, John Hopkins University
  • Web Marketing eCommerce Project Manager 
  • Academic Staff, UW
  • IT Business Analyst, Oshkosh Corp 
  • Healthcare Technical
  • Research Support Professional 
  • US Navy Squadron Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Technical Systems Engineer, Epic
  • Science Assistant, National Science Foundation
  • Engineer II, CDW in Madison
  • Marketing Analyst, Working Planets
  • Software Developer/System Administrator
  • Research Scientist, UW-Madison
  • Network Administrator, Electronic Theatre Controls
  • Owner, Engineering Services Company
  • Research Intern, IceCube Neutrino Observatory
  • Civil Engineer, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Director: Lake Afton Public Observatory, Fairmount Center for Science & Math Education, and Kansas Science Olympiad
  • Secondary Science Teacher, Carmen High School of Science
  • Software Engineer II, Infinite Campus
  • Research Scientist, U Pennsylvania
  • Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer, Charter Manufacturing
  • Research Intern, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Patent and Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Vice President of JP Morgan Chase & Co.                                                                                

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