"be a star!"

By: Emma Kellam 2nd hour

About Astronomers

  • Study entire universe
  • Work long or irregular hours
  • Doctorate normally required
  • Face competition for job
  • Paid $51,000-$165,000 annually
  • Benefits including paid vacation and sick leave
  • Work in labs, colleges, universities, and could work for government agency
  • Work 30-40 hours weekly
  • Observe sky through telescopes and spectroscopes
  • Study radio waves, x-rays, and cosmic rays

Pros and Cons


  • Flexibility of where you work (lots of different options where you can work)
  • Many benefits (including: paid vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, retirement plans, and profit sharing),
  • Get to do what you love
  • You can study a wide range of things
  • Get paid up to $165,000


  • Work long/irregular hours (irregular hours means at night and also just weird hours)
  • Face competition for a job (you have to be at the top of your game and know the most to get the job you want)
  • A doctorate is normally required to have a job in this career

College education

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Doctorate normally required for a career in astronomy
  • Language (for a traveling job)
  • Math

High school education

  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Possibly a language if you want to have a traveling job

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American Assocation of Variable Star Observers

Under "Contact Us" on their website, you can email them directly.
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