About the job:

What you do

As an Astronomer, your job is to try to understand how the universe works. You study the evolution of stars in an attempt to understand how our own star, the sun, and our solar system of planets were created and what will happen to them as they age. Most astronomers work at colleges and universities, combining teaching with research.

The tough stuff

As an Astronomer, you will have to:

  • Anticipate a lower-than-average salary
  • Sometimes be mistaken for an Astrologist (aka a person who believes in horoscopes) 
The cool stuff

As an Astronomer, you will get to:

  • Keep a pretty regular nine-to-five lifestyle
  • Stargaze a couple times a year
  • Contribute to our understanding of the UNIVERSE!
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours a week

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • In order to become an Astronomer, you can obtain a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy.
  • Most astronomy positions require a Ph.D. in the field of Astronomy, which usually takes 5-7 years to complete.
  • These programs are likely to contain courses in astrophysics, stellar and planetary physics, galaxies, cosmology, interstellar medium and optics. Mathematics and computer science are also emphasized.
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