Many astronomy graduates go on to research roles, which could be based in:
• Observatories and planetariums
• Governmental research organizations
• Private companies in industries such as aerospace
For those keen to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, there are roles in education and museums, as well as in scientific journalism.
Many of these roles, particularly research positions, will require education up to PhD level at least. But then, if you’ve truly got a passion for the subject, the idea of spending an extra three or four years studying astronomy should appear more as a welcoming nebula than a scary black hole.
On the other hand, if you’re ready to try something different, there are many sectors where the strong numerical, computational and data-handling skills provided by an astronomy degree are in high demand, ranging from media and communications to finance and accounting.