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?
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:
- AAS Careers in Astronomy Brochure
- A New Universe to Explore: Careers in Astronomy
- Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students (REU Internships, Summer Opportunities, Fellowships, Science Policy Fellowships, and the Pathways to Science program)
- AAS Career Center (Held at each AAS Winter Meeting, employers advertise their jobs and interview job candidates)
- AIP State-By-State Listing: Who Is Hiring Physics Bachelors?
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
- Astronomy Major Open House: Feb. 18, 2015, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, 4421 Sterling
- Speak with the Grad Students about the Graduate and REU Experience: Topics Include: Why Grad School; What To Expect; Research Opportunities for Undergrads (REU or with UW Faculty/Grad students)
- Stellar Careers Workshop: A Board of Visitors & Astronomy Dept. Collaboration. Focus: Career Paths and Strategies for Astronomy-Physics Majors, Undergraduate and Graduate. -Directly after event: Attend the L&S STEM Career Fair -Astronomy Grad Students will hold a follow-up event: Graduate School in Astronomy: How To Successfully Apply And What To Expect
OCTOBER 1, 2015 CAREER WORKSHOP:
Astronomy Department Career Workshop, 'Stellar Careers: What you can do with your Astronomy-Physics Major’, Thursday Oct 1, 2015, 12:00- 2pm, 4421 Sterling Hall
This event will include presentations on career paths and strategies for Astronomy-Physics and Physics Majors, networking skills, and professional development, as well as testimonies from UW alumni on how to turn your degree into a career both in academia and the professional world. The event also includes networking sessions with alumni to discuss career options in small groups. The event will kick off with a free pizza lunch at noon.
Also, be sure to take advantage of Department Opportunities To Expand Your Skills and Interests.
Considering Graduate School?
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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
- 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