Hey, I’m having a dilemma and I need some advise.
Astrophysics fascinate me, and I really want to major in it, I took all the classes that relate in my HS (AP physics, advanced math…etc) I’m still a junior but I’m pretty determined. Except this semester I found out that my music teacher is actually an astrophysicist, he told me that there are practically no jobs for astrophysicists, and the closest thing he could find was working in a weapon factory. I really wanna follow my dream, but I feel like this country doesn’t value science, and I’ll end up in debt and out of work when I graduate college. Do you have any advise?
First off, let me tell you that your music teacher, although an astrophysicist, is a bit of a douche. Follow your dream. Look toward any & all space advocacy-related sources for openings, what the positions require in terms of educational background, email & communicate with ACTUAL, WORKING, astrophysicists & do not limit yourself just to the astrophysics field. There are a multitude of fields continually being expanded around the world in all areas of science. You’ll figure it out as you press on, especially since you still have a little way to go before even getting through the most basic preliminary courses for astronomy/astrophysics in general.
Second, watch/listen to this. While you do, take notes and jot down these fields and memorize them. Subscribe to this podcast as well. I intend on doing this exact thing myself, along with publishing a post on here about the list of fields unbeknownst to the science-loving community at large.
Third, keep asking questions. Hang out with others who share your passion. Join your local astronomy club & stay curious. Much love & respect to you, friend. Hope to hear more back from you in the upcoming years to see where this journey has taken you, as science and technology will not be forever ignored or disregarded, as they are the keys to our survival & evolution. Ad astra.