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Your studies and the job market

What is the job market like for graduates of your study programme? What type of companies do alumni end up working for? And in what fields and what type of positions?

Go to your faculty or study programme tab for more information about your study programme and the job market. On the LU Career Zone you can find out about career prospects per study programme

Astronomy and the job market

The Astronomy bachelor's programme offers many career options. As an astronomer you are well-trained in analysing complex matters. During your studies you learn to oversee things, set priorities and manage large amounts of data. Astronomers have great numerical skills and are highly appreciated for positions within and outside research in various sectors, including technological, financial and consultancy companies, research institutes, governments and science communication organizations.

First job directly after graduation (Astronomy master's), n=91 (2006-2017)

Astronomy master's in Leiden

After finishing the Astronomy bachelor's programme, most students move on to the Astronomy master's programme in Leiden. This programme offers various specialisations in research, cosmology, instrumentation or data science. You can also opt for combined specialisations in management, science communication and education. A bachelor's degree in Astronomy also directly opens up access to the Physics master's programme in Leiden and many other master's programmes in the Netherlands and abroad.

Your degree in Astronomy may be the start of a career in research. You can do a PhD at a university, during which you will work on your own scientific research for four years. An option to do this is Leiden Observatory, where you can research almost any astronomical topic you can think of. You can also perform research at non-commercial organisations or commercial companies, where you can work on development of products and services.

A degree in Astronomy does not mean that you are limited to research. Analysing computer data and predicting trends are important for many employees. Therefore, astronomers are very valuable for technological industries, telecommunication, science communication or in governmental settings as adviser, policy maker or communicator.

Preparing for your first job

During your studies you are supported in making the right choices in your study and career path. The Astronomy study programme organises study and career meetings, workshops and Astronomy-related career meetings. Leiden University offers various activities through which you can get to know the job market, including Master's career days, the Science Career Event and the Bio Science Park Excursion. Furthermore, the Science Career Service is available to help you with your career choices and you can ask for advice from experienced alumni through the Alumni Mentor Network.

Stay up to date on career activities!

The Education Office Astronomy manages a Google Calendar with all career related activities that are of relevance to you as an Astronomy bachelor's student.

Astronomy career calendar

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