Astronomer

"Universal Explorers" by: Bennett Behling

Information About Astronomers

1. Astronomers study space to find answers about the universe.


2. They work in labs, in colleges or at government industries.


3. They work 30-40 hours a week and sometimes night work or travel is required.


4. You need a doctorate degree in astronomy and astrophysics to work in some places.


5. Lots of competition to become an astronomer.


6. You can make anywhere from $51,270 - $165,300 per year.


7. Some things they study in space are planets, stars and moons.


8. Astronomy is one of the oldest subjects in science.


9. Astronomers have strong math skills.


10. There are more amateur astronomers then professional ones.

Pros and cons

Pro:


. You get to use telescopes and study space which is good because it's interesting to see and study things in space.


. You work 30-40 hours a week which is good because it it not that long and you still have time to do things at home.


. You can make $51,270-$165,300 per year which is good because the money you get is pretty high and you make good money.




Cons:


. No astronomy jobs in Wisconsin which is bad because I like Wisconsin and would like to live here.


. You have to work nights sometimes which is bad because you get to spend less time at home and you have to stay working.


. Travel is sometimes required which is bad because I don't want to travel very far for work and would rather travel for vacation.

High School and College

High School:


. You can take a astronomy class because you need to learn more about the universe.


. You can take a calculus class because astronomers need to be good at math.


. You should take all academic classes because astronomers need all the skills of ELA, math and science.


College:


. You should find a college with astronomy classes because you need to take a class in astronomy and get a degree.


. You should get a 4 year bachelors degree in science or physics to help you become an astronomer.


. You should take a math class too because astronomers need to know math pretty well.

Colleges to Attend

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, http://www.uiowa.edu


Pros:


. It's located In a small rural town.


. 77% of classes have less than 30 students per class.


. 84 - 94% graduate placement rates.


Cons:


. There are 30,000 total students which is too many.


. It is out of state.


. It cost $40,000 to go there.


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, http://umich.edu


Pros:


. It's located in a small rural town.


. There is a 15:1 student to staff ratio.


. It is rated #1 for the most collaborative college.


Cons:


. There are 42,000 students which is too many.


. It is out of state.


. It costs $43,000 to go there.


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 100 Church Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455, http://twin-cities.umn.edu


Pros:


. You can pay residential tuition.


. On average they have a 7% higher graduation rate.


. On average they have a $1,000 lower room fees.


Cons:


. There are 51,000 students that attend which is too many.


. It's located in a big city.


. It is located out of state.

Professional Associations

1. American Astronomical Society, 2000 Florida Ave., NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20009-1231, USA, (202) 328-2010, http://aas.org


2. Astronomical Society at the University of Illinois, UI Astronomical Society c/o Department of Astronomy 1002 W. Green St. Urbana, IL61801, http://uias.astro.illinois.edu/Resources.html

Job Advertisement

Are you interested in space? Do you want to explore the universe? Well then your in luck because we are looking to hire people to become astronomers. We require a doctorate degree in physics and astronomy and some math skills also can come in handy. If you get accepted into our company you would have to work in a lab with all the equipment you need to study the stars. We offer salaries that range from $51,270 - $165,300 depending on how hard you work. 30-40 hours a week is a requirement and you may occasionally have to do some night work and travel. Some things you will study in space include planets and stars and maybe you may even make new discoveries! The competition for one of our jobs is tough so show us you really care and want to join out astronomy team. To contact us about joining call (920)123-4567 or go online www.astronomers.com.
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Citations

Works Cited

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“Science Kids Astronomers.” Science Kids. Science Kids, n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2016. <http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/careers/astronomer.html>.

“Star Party Chicago Astronomer.” Chicago Astronomer. Chicago Astronomer, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2016. <http://astronomer.proboards.com/thread/4789/chicago-astronomer-star-party-september