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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Astrophysics is the application of physics to the study of astronomical objects and phenomena. The goal is to understand and explain how astronomical objects and phenomena occur and work.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analytical - Organize, analyze and interpret scientific data; Compare and contrast ideas and information; Articulate and analytical; Careful attention to detail

Technical - Computer simulation/modeling; Laboratory techniques; Operation of scientific equipment and safety procedures; Programming and systems analysis skills

Communication - Preparing technical or research reports; Synthesizing complex information to present ideas and data clearly

Organizational - Conceptualize and implement projects and meet deadlines; Observation and decision making skills

Critical thinking - Critical thinking and problem solving                                                             

Research - Utilize survey research methods research skills; Defining problems and developing research designs and models; Curiosity, imagination, and creativity; Provide relevant perspectives ability to make projections

Mathematical and observational skills - Utilize the appropriate mathematical formulas to perform calculations 

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Aerospace Research Scientist
  • Astronaut
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Geneticist
  • Inorganic Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialist
  • Physicist
  • Quality Assurance Assistant
  • Research & Development Scientist
  • Science Laboratory Technician
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher /Professor
  • Technical Writer

Potential Industries

  • Acoustics
  • Administration & Management
  • Aerospace
  • Applied Research & Development
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Climatology
  • Computers & Technology
  • Consulting
  • Defence ‐National
  • Education
  • Environment/Conservation
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Hi-tech Industry
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Observatories
  • Planetarium/Science Centres
  • Post-Secondary Institutes
  • Space
  • Science Research
  • Technical Writer
  • Technologist
  • Technology
  • Writing

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Science B 605
T: 403.220-5385

Clubs on Campus

Physics and Astronomy Student Association (PASA)

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020