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Is astrophysicist a good career choice?

I love physics and mathematics and I am also a mad fan of science friction, so is Astrophysicist a good career choice for me? I also love to dance, I post videos, so would I be able to continue dance after becoming an astrophysicist? #career

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Jason’s Answer

Hi Shonali,

Whether a particular career path is a good one or a bad one is a personal decision that we all need to make individually. That said, astrophysics could be a wonderful potential career path for a person with your interests. Astrophysics is a bit of a niche profession with limited schools in options directed to it and limited roles for those in the field. While that can be challenging, the roles associated with an astrophysics could include a university professor, a full-time researcher, scientific journalist, or data scientist. If these roles are of interest you may be on the right track!

https://www.stoodnt.com/blog/careers-in-astronomy-and-astrophysics/

As far as dancing and other passions/interests, it is normal to have a variety of interests in life. Having additional interests and pursuits outside of your career and education path will actually help you to be a more diverse and interesting person. The smartest and most advanced professionals I know have hobbies or interests that have almost nothing to do with their chosen profession.

Best of luck to you!
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Diana’s Answer

It's so great that you have already discovered a few things that you are passionate about at your age. Please know that you don't have to decide on a career right now nor put off a passion for later. Its certainly something you'll figure out as you progress through your education and personal experiences. There are so many new careers that are becoming a reality where it wasn't an option years ago. I think its important to continue to pursue what you're passionate about including anything STEM or STEAM related. I'm in a Tech career and also love to dance and have managed to do both and integrate them through my participation in Employee Resource Groups! As long as you remain driven and passionate, keep working hard and you'll be able to do it all. Best of luck and keep dreaming big!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for this. It has motivated me a lot. Thank you so much! shonali
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Joseph’s Answer

Astrophysics is a great direction to go from a physics and mathematics background, yes. Generally, you need to be very academic, doing well at mathematics and physics at school, getting into a physics or astrophysics undergraduate program at university and getting a degree, taking your studies through to a PhD, and onward to postdoctoral research.

From personal experience, my journey started off very similar - doing very well at maths and physics, and enjoying sci-fi, astrophysics seemed a great path to follow. I'm not much of a dancer, but I do have other hobbies that are totally disconnected from my line of work, so that's totally normal. Of course, you'll see from my job title I didn't quite end up in astrophysics - I studied a physics with astrophysics degree at university, and by the time I was getting to my final year, I found myself struggling with some of the more advanced and more abstract concepts in stellar structure and other areas, and realised that an astrophysics PhD probably wasn't for me - but I did find that some of the other areas of physics I learnt about were easier to understand, so ended up working in nuclear physics instead.

Hopefully your journey will work out better and a bright future in astrophysics awaits you - but however things work out for you, the academic physics and mathematics journey that leads to astrophysics also sets you up excellently for a whole range of STEM careers.

One final (semi-joking) point - beware sci-fi and studying astrophysics - you might find that the more you learn starts to ruin your enjoyment of certain sci-fi as it gets harder to suspend disbelief when you're always thinking "that wouldn't happen" and "it doesn't work like that" xD
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Waleed’s Answer

Astrophysics and the space technology industry offer some of the best career paths for physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science graduates who are seeking a professional career, whilst still maintaining contact with advanced scientific concepts.
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