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What are "worthwhile" contributions that I could make to today's society as an astrophysicist?

I want to get a doctorate in astrophysics but I don't want to do all of this work and spend all of this money/ pay off loans for several years if I can't do something worthwhile with it. stem women-in-stem astrophysics stem-education stemcareers

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bridget’s Answer

Hi Kendralyn:


Consider assisting serious people who seek to establish permanent settlement on Mars. http://www.mars-one.com/news/press-releases


Also, I greatly admire Neil deGrasse Tyson - With his smarts he entertains, educates and celebrates the beauty of the Universe for all to see! In my opinion he does a very fine job of making science study worthwhile!


Entertaining: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/14/jay-leno-and-neil-degrasse-tyson-blow-out-a-window-driving-at-120-mph.html
Educating: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neil-degrasse-tyson-explains_us_58327a14e4b058ce7aabcd3a
Celebrating: http://www.theloop.ca/neil-degrasse-tyson-celebrates-chicagos-world-series-win-in-the-nerdiest-way-possible/


Go for it! The possibilities are limitless :)


Bridget

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Shelley’s Answer

To start: I am not an astrophysicist. 😊 but here is a link to what may help answer your question.

http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/people-and-astronomy/careers-in-astronomy/145-people-in-astronomy/careers-in-astronomy/general-questions/895-how-does-astronomy-benefit-humankind-beginner

In short, it seems that astrophysics is a more esoteric way of bettering humankind through advancement of our collective knowledge. It's the seed corn to future advancement.

About your money concerns, here is information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/mobile/physicists-and-astronomers.htm

A note about borrowing money for a degree: try to keep your education costs so that you do not borrow more than your expected first year salary.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2009/06/09/how-much-money-should-i-borrow-for-college

Good luck!
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