Astronomer

By: David Carpiaux 4th Hour

Facts

  • They don't just study stars they research nature of the entire universe.
  • This field is related to physics.
  • They study radio waves, X-rays, and cosmic rays.
  • They may design astronomical instruments.
  • They work long or irregular hours.
  • Most have a doctoral degree.
  • Most work for universities or government agencies, like NASA.
  • They earn $85,910 a year (national average).
  • Most work 30 to 40 hours a week.
  • They observe the sky and space from telescopes.

Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Not a lot of people have this job.
  • You know a lot about space and could impress people.
  • Get paid more than usual for looking at stars and space.
Cons:

  • College will take a long time.
  • Not the most exciting job.
  • Might have to travel or do work at night.

Education

Some high school courses that will help with college is Calculus Advanced, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics and Probability. In college you should major in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Astronomers, after they gain experience, are assigned more difficult work and given more independence. Some may advance to become project leaders, research directors, or managers.

Colleges

Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511-5596
Pros:
  • It is closer to home.
  • In at state.
Cons:
  • Costs a lot because it is private.
  • I won't know a lot of people there.
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Pros:

  • It is close to my moms house.
  • Not a private school.
Cons:
  • I won't know anybody.
  • If I want to see family I have to drive a lot.
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Pros:

  • It is in my favorite state.
  • Close to the ocean.
Cons:
  • I won't know anybody.
  • Travel a really long way to see family.

Associations/Organizations

2000 Florida Ave., NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20009-1231, USA

(202) 328-2010

http://aas.org


225 Kurn Road Tarentum, PA 15084 ~ 724-224-2510

https://3ap.org

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