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Astrophysics is a specialty that combines two fields of science: astronomy and physics. Astrophysicists use the principles of physics to study the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe. How did the universe begin? How is the universe changing? These are the types of questions astrophysicists try to answer through research and experimentation. Physicists may also be concerned with such issues, but they use physics to study broader areas such as gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions. There are approximately 20,000 physicists and astronomers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Curious

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Career Ladder
Professor, or Research Institution Leader, or Observatory Manager

Astrophysicist

Research Assistant