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Math, Physical & Computer Science

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Sara Poirier is not only a science communication consultant, she's also an Astronomy and Astrophysics grad.

Sara Poirier (Hon. B.Sc., 1999) formerly worked as a researcher and programmer in astronomy for the Ontario Science Centre, where she developed exhibits and programs and produced shows for the Planetarium. Sara credits her education with teaching her how to break complex concepts into fundamental ideas – an invaluable skill for her work in science communication. Read more about Sara here.

What do employers value about Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 95% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $57,514/year upon entering the workforce. 72% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Astronomy & Astrophysics alumni most frequently apply their research and science literacy skills in these industries:

  • Research 
  • Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Information Technology
  • Media and Communication 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Consulting 
  • Operations 
  • Finance 
  • Arts and Design

graduate or professional school

An Astronomy & Astrophysics degree equips students with the critical thinking and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Journalism & Communications
  • Education

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.

Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.  

Work closely with a faculty member to produce work suitable for publication. 

Attend events and lectures hosted by the department, by the Dunlap Institute or by the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics to understand more career options.

Apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program to work with astronomers at the Dunlap Institute.

Learn to use cutting edge astronomical instrumentation at a five-day summer course.