Welcome back! Over the next few months, we will examine what astronomy bachelor’s degree recipients are doing one year after receiving their degree. Since the number of degree recipients each year is relatively low (469 nationwide in the 2015-16 academic year ), we combine survey responses from three classes; these data are from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 astronomy bachelor’s degree recipients who answered our follow-up survey. Almost half (48%) indicated they graduated with a double major; about two-thirds of those were in physics.

Like physics bachelor’s degree recipients, half of the astronomy graduates entered the workforce, and over 40% went to graduate school. Almost one-fourth of the students entering graduate programs enrolled in disciplines outside astronomy or physics. Overall, three-fifths of respondents indicated receiving career guidance from a faculty member; those opting for graduate school were more likely to report having received career guidance than those entering the workforce....

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