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Careers in Astrobiology
An astrobiology career gives you an opportunity to apply many areas of science to your job from astrophysics to biology, chemistry, astronomy, planetary science and geology. An astrobiology career could have you studying the effects of space on human and animal life, categorizing the properties of exoplanets, or collecting ice core samples in Alaska.
NASA describes an astrobiology career as an interdisciplinary field that requires a comprehensive, integrated understanding of biological, planetary, and cosmic phenomena. Students who are interested in a high-tech career at space agencies, in research and development or in working for the federal government are the perfect candidates for an astrobiology career.
What would an astrobiology career or similar occupation look like? The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides information about a multitude of jobs in the United States, including details about projected employment growth, median annual pay and specifics about what the job entails.
Individuals with biology and physics backgrounds will continue to be in demand in medicine, information technology, communications technology, semiconductor technology, and other applied research-and-development fields. According to the Bureau employment in the aerospace industry will concentrate on national defense, raising fuel efficiency, and aircraft design and production while astronomers will be needed for continued space research and innovative technologies such as scientific equipment, computer software.
Undergraduates and graduate students with a degree in Astrobiology can look forward to an astrobiology career such as:
- Space Sciences Research
- Biomedical Research
- Environment Research
- Post-Secondary Teaching
• University-based Research
Entry Level Salary Expectations
PayScale.com is an online salary information company providing real-time information on job market compensation. Astrobiology career data is 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 an astrobiology career includes many organizations that have offered internships and jobs to Florida Tech graduates such as:
- DRS Optronics
- Kennedy Space Center
- 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
More than half of Florida Tech's astrobiology degree students attend graduate school. In addition to the master's and doctoral programs at Florida Tech, recent astrobiology degree graduates have been accepted to graduate programs at such prestigious institutions as:
- Auburn University
- Dartmouth University
- Johns Hopkins
- Georgia Tech
- Ohio State University
- SUNY Buffalo
- SUNY Stony Brook
- University of Arizona
- University of Florida
- University of Texas
- Vanderbilt University