What Can I Do With a Major In Astrophysics?

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Marlena Yang
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Astrophysics Major

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Learn more about the astrophysics major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and astrophysics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include analytical and critical-thinking skills, strong research skills and attention to detail, ability to gather, interpret and report data, and extensive math and physics knowledge.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ISE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Healthcare & Science

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Research Assistant, University of Minnesota Observational Cosmology Group

Experienced

  • Engineer, 3M*
  • Owner, Realtime Precision Systems, Inc.
  • Planetarium Outreach Educator, The Bell Museum

 

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