Astronomer

"The stars are calling you're name!" By: Skye Marek 3rd Hour

The Simple Information about Astronomers

• You can earn $51,270 to $165,300 nationally. You will be able to make $24.64 an hour.

• Observatory scientist is a job related to astronomy. These scientists create observatories for astronomy studies and an optical engineer to make telescopes.

• The expected employments in 2020 will be 230.

• Its a really well payed job. You could be earning $24.64 an hour.

• Chances are, you might have to work many night shifts.

• Other places you could work is in a university.

• For entry, you will need a doctorate degree and you will need to take advanced classes such and advanced math, science, language arts, and social studies. Also some helpful high school courses would include Calculus, Calculus, Advanced, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics and Probability.

• Most astronomers work 30 to 40 hours a week. Some jobs require night work or occasional travel.

• Astronomers study outer space to find scientific answers to questions about the nature of the universe.

• Some groups you could join is the American Astronomy Society.

Pros and Cons on being an Astronomer

Pros:

1.) If you really like anything from the planets to the stars, then you're in luck, because with this job, that only a little of what you do!

2.) You will be paid $51,270 to $165,300 a year.

3.) You could live in an observatory.


Cons:

1.) You would be working 30-40 hours a week.

2.) You might not be such a night person, because sometimes as an astronomer, you will have to stay up late to get a better look at the stars and planets.

3.) There is occasional travel so for those who have families, they might not see them often.

Education you need for this career

For entry, you will need a doctorate degree, and you will need to take advanced classes such and advanced math, science, language arts, and social studies. Also some helpful high school courses would include Calculus, Calculus, Advanced, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics and Probability.

Colleges you can attend for Astronomy

Beloit College

Beloit College is located in Beloit, Wisconsin. It is a private and 4-year college.

Phone Number: 608-363-2500

Address: 700 College Street Beloit, WI 53511

Email: admiss@beloit.edu

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Pros:

• They offer lots of courses in Physics and Astronomy

• The college in in a quiet place

• Its very big


Cons:

• Maybe far away for anybody that lives elsewhere in Wisconsin

• Its in a rural area so there are no big cities near the college

• The issue is that there is a lot of physics classes, but not a lot of astronomy

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Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University is located in Mankato, Wisconsin. It is a public university.

Phone Number: 1-800-722-0544

Address: Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN 56001

Website: http://www.mnsu.edu


Pros:

• They have some pretty good Physics and Astronomy classes.

• They offer lots and lots of degrees.

• Its also in a rural area.


Cons:

• Being in a rural area means that there are no big cities around.

• It is a public school so just about anyone can attend.

• $236 for yearly parking.

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Northwestern University

Northwest University is a college in Evanston, Illinois. It is a private school.

Phone Number: 312.503.8649

Address: Northwestern University Office of Undergraduate Admission 1801 Hinman Avenue Evanston, Il 60208

Website: http://www.northwestern.edu


Pros:

• LOTS of astronomy classes.

• Its a private school.

• Offers good degrees.


Cons:

• Its near Chicago so it will be very busy.

• Lots of people attend this school so it's crowded.

• Not that many international people.

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Groups or Associations

American Astronomical Society

Phone Number: (202) 328-2010

Address: 2000 Florida Ave., NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20009-1231, USA

Website: http://aas.org


International Astronomical Union

Phone Number: +33 (0) 1 43 25 83 58

Address: IAU–UAI Secretariat

98-bis Blvd Arago

F–75014 Paris

France

Website: http://www.iau.org

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Wanna study space? Do you like working at night? If you said yes to both, don't wait, the stars are calling for you! Become an Astronomer today! You will need to have taken advanced courses in math, science, language arts, social studies. You will be working 30-40 hours a week, and you might have to work at night, but the annual salary nationally is $51,270 to $165,300. You can also join astronomy based groups like the American Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union. If you want to become an Astronomer or want to learn more, call 1-800-ASTRO.