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Florida Tech Fiske Guide to CollegesFlorida Tech is one of just nine public and private schools in Florida recognized by the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The Fiske Guide places Florida Tech in the "inexpensive" category for private schools and lists it under the heading, "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes."

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Florida Tech College Salary ReportThe current College Salary Report ranks Florida Tech graduates' mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida universities. Other national universities with salaries for graduates similar to Florida Tech's include Columbia, Yale, Brown and Johns Hopkins.

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Careers in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Florida Tech offers a Bachelor's of Science in Astrophysics and Astronomy that prepares graduates for high-tech astronomy careers at top space agencies and research firms, involved with such technical work as space exploration and stellar evolution.

Astronomy and astrophysics is the study of the universe as a whole, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. Astronomy careers include developing new technologies, methods, and theories based on the results of research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications.

Career Outlook

What astronomy careers are available? The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes a resource called the Occupational Outlook Handbook that provides detailed information about hundreds of jobs, including data about median pay, projected growth in employment and prerequisites.

According to the Bureau, physics and astronomy careers are expected to increase by 14 percent through 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. This growth is expected to come in the federal government in national laboratories as study continues to energy and science research, as well as in university-based research and teaching. Check the handbook for a list of many different career options.

Career Options

Astrophysics and astronomy careers include:

  • Physicist & Bio Physicist
  • Astronomy
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Medical Research
  • Energy Research
  • Postsecondary Education

Other employment opportunities include:

  • Materials Science
  • Geology & Geoscience
  • Biomedical Research
  • Environmental Research

Entry Level Salary Expectations

PayScale.com is an online salary information company providing real-time information on job market compensation. Data for astronomy careers are not specifically listed, however associated science careers are listed and can provide some insight on what you might expect for your income upon graduation, as well as the earning potential you might achieve over your career.

Aerospace Engineering: $62,500 - $118,000
Physics: $51,200 - $99,100
Geology: $45,000 – $89,400
Molecular Biology: $40,100 - $84,900
Microbiology: $39,700 - $76,200
Nuclear Engineering: $66,800 - $107,000

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Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates

The range of potential employers that could provide astronomy careers includes many organizations that have offered internships and jobs to Florida Tech graduates such as:

  • Harris
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Boeing
  • DRS Optronics
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • NASA
  • Goddard
  • The Space Telescopic Science Institute
  • Northrup Grumman
  • U.S. Army
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Museum of Natural History in New York City
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

Astronomy careers are available immediately upon graduation. However, more than half of astrophysics and astronomy degree students pursue graduate school after graduating from Florida Tech as this is necessary for jobs in research. Beyond the master's and doctoral programs at Florida Tech, our students are accepted to graduate degree programs at schools including:

  • Auburn University
  • Caltech
  • Dartmouth University
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Georgia Tech
  • Ohio State University
  • Rice University
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • UCLA
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Florida
  • University of Texas
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale

Astrophysics and astronomy degree students choosing not to attend graduate school typically enter any one of the astronomy careers in one of the high-tech corporations that have research and development divisions including:

  • Harris
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Boeing
  • DRS Optronics
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • NASA
  • Goddard
  • Space Telescopic Science Institute