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If you have a degree for an aerospace historian, what job fields are open to you?

Asked by tigerlilly2 (1243 points ) January 27th, 2011

I was looking into changing my degree from journalism to a degree for an aerospace historian. I found the opportunity for this degree in a book my recruiter gave me about the community college of the air force. The book gives specific criteria to complete the degree but doesn’t really mention what the degree embodies. Does anyone know what specific jobs a degree like this would allow me to work at in the civilian world? Thanks!

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They actually have a degree for that ? How interesting.

I would assume it would be useful in seeking a job at a museum or Science museum ( like the Franklin Institute in Philly) or Planetarium perhaps.

Perhaps as an adjunct to a career as a Science teacher or teaching at one of the armed forces academies, Annapolis or Air Force Academy possibly.

Those are just a few off the top of my head. As for how many places would have a job opening for someone in a specialty so narrowly specific, is another question altogether.

I have no idea at all and you would do well to seek out an academic advisor to give you some guidance along those lines.

I’m under the assumption that if they have a degree for it that there must be a job requiring it. But that may or may not be a valid assumption.

But if this is something you are passionate about, then you should pursue it or perhaps a related degree with a broader scope but would include this as part of it.

It depends upon how strong is your interest in this fairly narrow field.

As an interesting side note here. Will Shortz is a man who, from earliest childhood, had an obsession for all sorts of puzzles. He purposely went to a college which offered the unique option for someone to create their own field of study. With the aid of his academic advisor, he created his own syllabus to submit for approval to qualify for this unique degree.

He is the only person with a college degree in the newly titled field of Enigmatology. He had no idea of how to make a living with it, but he just had such a passion for it.

He is now the Crossword Puzzle editor of the NY Times as well as the organizer and creator of the Annual Crossword Puzzle Tournament which has steadily grown in numbers of loyal devotees each year as well as prizes offered.

He has also published countless collections of Sudoku puzzles, which I’m sure earns him a tidy sum each year.

He appeared in a documentary film about the tournament recently and mentioned that if he only made the bare minimum amount of money to feed and clothe his family and put a roof over their heads, he would be just as happy. I believe him.

So, it’s not always ONLY about the bucks but about loving what you do for a living. Even if you may have to create your own jobs and employment opportunities.

tigerlilly2's avatar

@Buttonstc Thank you so much! Your answer was very precise and informative. I’m actually extremely interested in this field, not so much the money aspect, because I definitely agree that I should choose something I enjoy doing! And I’m positive that I’ve contributed to Mr. Shortz Sudoku sum at some point in my life haha :)

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