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Astronomer to Data Scientist | American Astronomical Society February 20, 2013

Posted by aquillam in Science.
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Astronomer to Data Scientist | American Astronomical Society.

Recently, I’ve had a few discussions about how hard it can be for physics and astrophysics PhDs to leave academia. Considering that we produce several PhDs for every academic opening, this is a fairly serious problem.

One of the reasons it can be hard to leave academia is because we do a lousy job preparing our graduates for anything else. This is largely because we teach what we know, and what we know is how to be an academic.

Jessica Kirkpatrick’s article on the AAS website has valuable advice for graduate students and their advisors both. It’s also good advice for undergrads to, especially as they consider graduate schools. Access to big telescopes is nice, but having options and advisors open to exploring options is nice too.



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