Career Options and Opportunities

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?

CAREER RESOURCES

L&S Career Services

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. 

American Astronomical Society

The AAS (American Astronomical Society) is an invaluable career resource for high school and college students alike:

Astronomy Department Career Events

Throughout the academic year the Astronomy Department 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
  • Speak with a Gaduate Student About The Graduate and REU ExperienceTopics Include: Why Grad School; What To Expect; Research Opportunities for Undergrads (REU or with UW faculty/grad students)

Also, be sure to take advantage of Department Opportunities To Expand Your Skills and Interests.

Considering Graduate School?

Free online practice exams for the GRE and other standardized tests are available through Exam Focus and Kaplan Test Prep. included are test and subject articles, strategies, score analysis and more.

BACHELOR'S DEGREE CAREERS

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 Administrator, Portland General Electric
  • Product Development Manager, Mad City Labs, Kloten, Switzerland
  • Technical Writer and Editor, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Lab Technician, 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.   

Wisconsin Employers That Have Hired Astronomy Majors:

  • Broadcast Interactive Media                      TCS Basys
  • Epic Systems Corporation                          Mead & Hunt, Inc.
  • GEA Process Engineering, Inc.                   Modine Mfg. Co.
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company               Pronto Progress
  • SolidWorks Corporation                             HG Weber
  • King Pharmaceuticals                                US Chemical
  • Kleiss Gears, Inc.                                     Trane, Inc.
  • Prairie Technologies                                  Mad City Labs

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