Astronomy - My Dream Career

By: Ruben Morales

Introduction

Growing up in the south was amazing because the things that lit up the night were the stars. Almost every night I ask myself how awesome it would be to see a new world just above our heads. Getting to have a job like that isn't simple, so I want to challenge myself to do what I will love for as long as I can.
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Career Research

Daily Task and Responsibility's


1) Analyze research data to determine its significance, using computers.


2) Calculate orbits, and determine sizes, shapes, brightness, and motions of different celestial bodies.


3) Collaborate with other astronomers to carry out research projects.


4) Develop theories based on personal observations, or on observations and theories of other astronomers.


5) Measure radio, infrared, gamma, and x-ray emissions from extraterrestrial sources.


6) Present research findings at scientific conferences, and in papers written for scientific journals.


Work Environment


The work environment for astronomers are usually at observatories, studying images from some spacecrafts. They also work in laboratories not using tubes and medical samples but through sophisticated computer technology. Astronomers work in offices they are employed by the government, academic institutions and private industries. Approximately 55 percent of astronomers are associated with universities, according to the AAS.


Education and Training


Most astronomy positions require a PhD 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


Preferred Job Skills

  • Have strong observation and research skills

  • Also adept to mathematics and physics.

  • And demonstrate they are inquisitive and imaginative.


Job Outlook

10% (As fast as average)


Salary

The average salary of an Astronomer is $110,440. Salaries start from $51,670 and go up to $170,230.


Under here is a brief introduction about astronomy.

Introduction to Astronomy: Crash Course Astronomy #1

High School Preparation

Courses

Fortunately for me my school Leyden High School provides many different clubs to help me prepare for example.


- Principia

- Computer Science Club


Extra-Curricular


Two clubs that would be beneficial is a computer science club because as a astronomer you will have to use computers, also Principia club to get in depth in more science.


Work/Volunteer Experience


A good head start to astronomy is usually through a club like the Northern Western Suburban Astronomers NSA which provides with public meetings, star parties.

http://www.nsaclub.org/

My Post-Secondary Plans

Becoming an astronomer takes many years of education, if you want to work and get good money out of it then you should get a PhD in physics or astrophysics which would take another 8-9 years after college. Here are the schools that are applicable for those subjects.


1.) Northern Western University of Illinois

2.) University of Chicago

Conclusion

What I learned about this project and how to become an astronomer isn't easy, but if it haves to do something that I will love doing forever than i'll take the challenge and hopefully become an astronomer.
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