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Astrobites has a number of helpful articles for students interested in an academic career, including:
Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
So You Want to Apply for an REU... Here’s How
Applying to Grad School in the US: A Timeline
Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
A Career in Undergraduate Education For undergraduates: AIP's Society of Physics Students
Careers Toolbox AAS member Robin Corbet has provided the AAS with a result from his
2004 survey of academic astronomy and physics programs in the US. It shows the number of assistant, associate, and full professors as a function of years from PhD. APS's
"Tools for Career Advisors" APS's
"Careers" page discussing various aspects of the career path APS and AAPT Joint Report on
Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers PhD's.org page discussing
Science magazine article "Learn to read between the lines of a job ad" by David Jensen
Ph.D. Resources for Re-envisioning the Ph.D.
Resources for the Development of Early Career Scientists -- Downloadable Book
Tomorrow's Professor Listserv Site – The listserv sends emails a few times a week with information about teaching, research, tenure, and other topics of academic interest.
SabbaticalHomes.com – A website dedicated to helping academic communities around the world find or list houses for rent, exchange, or house-sit when on sabbatical leave.
Jennifer Hodgdon on Leaving Academic Physics – An article covering many aspects of career change.
Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers – A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies
Science magazine article "'Employment Crisis' for new PhDs an illusion" by Jeffrey Mervis "Landing Your First Job," by John S. Rigden. June 2003, Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
"A PhD is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science", by Peter J. Feibelman. June, 1993, Basic Books.
"Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering", by Richard M. Reis. 1997, Wiley-IEEE Press.
"The Professor is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD into a Job", by Karen Kelsky. Sugust, 2015, Three Rivers Press.
The Right Startup Package for Beginning Scientists
Astronomy: The Search for a Stellar Career – Science magazine article on astronomy careers