The new and improved AAS Job Register will debut this week and will include many enhancements for both job seekers and recruiters.
Employment Tag Definition: Everything related to getting and keeping a job and the Employment Committee.
- Internships are listed in the Education Learn section and tagged as Employment.
- ALL astronomy fellowships are published in the Job Register not the main website.
- Science policy fellowships are listed in the Policy Resources section and tagged as Employment.
- A separate tag for Professional Development may be added if needed.
The AAS will debut an improved Job Register this summer including many enhancements to the site's look and functionality.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is updating its profile of careers in the astronomical sciences. If O*NET contacts you, please respond to their questionnaires.
A new policy brief from the National Science Board shows that a PhD in a science, engineering, or health field can lead to employment in virtually any job sector, not just academia.
There are a plethora of career and professional development sessions at the upcoming AAS winter meeting in Grapevine, Texas. Alaina Levine provides tips on how to make the most of your meeting experience.
A new report from the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center examines what new physics PhDs from the classes of 2013 and 2014 are doing the year after receiving their degrees.
The AAS's new John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, Heather Bloemhard, introduces herself and describes her path from graduate school to a PhD in physics and, ultimately, a career in science policy.
A recording of a Google Hangout panel discussion on the wide range of careers available to astronomers is now available on YouTube. Watch the video to see all that you can do with a PhD in astronomy.
If you earned your PhD between 2004 and 2014 from any institution worldwide and have ever studied, worked, or trained in the United States, you are invited to participate in a new study of PhD employment.
The AAS Job Register is widely used by the astronomical community, both within the US and internationally, and has served many employers as an effective recruitment tool. It is most effective, however, when combined with some knowledge of hiring cycles and related conventions in the field. We offer the following recommendations and best practices for those considering using the AAS Job Register as part of their hiring process.
Sites that publish astronomy-related job advertisements.
How to find internships in astronomy.
Websites with statistics relevant to the astronomy community and a few related articles.
This section gives advice and articles related to making good presentations.
Resources including networking websites and advice on networking.
This page gives advice and assistance for people choosing to leave the academic path. It is appropriate for people looking to make a career change, for those interested in going into industry, national labs, or other types of STEM-related employment.
Education and career advice for the BS through PhD levels. This subsection of the website is specifically aimed at academic careers. It includes links to articles relevant to academic career searches.
Below are the presentations from recent workshops. The AAS Committee on Employment will hold similar events at future AAS meetings.
The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) and the AAS Committee on Employment have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers both inside and outside of academia.
Career Center Details
The AAS hosts a Career Center at each winter AAS meeting. Usually housed in the Exhibit Hall, the Career Center has resources and services for job seekers and hiring managers alike. The AAS collects CVs and makes them available to recruiters; posts job announcements; facilitates matchmaking between job seekers and hiring managers; and hosts "office space" (i.e., tables and chairs in a secluded meeting room) for on-the-spot interviews.