Astronomer

Smore Project

Description of job

Task & Responsibilities-Astronomers study planets and the sun in our own solar system, as well as other stars, solar systems, galaxies, and the whole universe. Astronomers try to understand how the universe works.

Work Environment & Conditions-A Majority of Astronomers are teachers in colleges and unerversitys. About 1/3 are working at NASA, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, National Radio Astronomy Observatories, U.S. Naval Observatory & Space Telescope Science Institute. The rest work at either business or private company's.

Education and training

Type of education-A Ph.D in astronomy is the best way to become a astronomer although your not astronomer unless you get a job where your a astronomer.

Where to get the education-You can get a Ph.D any where as long as your professor is a astronomer and if the college has a Ph.d course and if the professor passes you in the Ph.d course.

Amount of education-it takes 5-6 years on average to get a Ph.d in astronomy but it could take a lot less like in one year or it can take a lot more. Like 10 years

Opportunities for advancement

Requirements for higher position and pay-There really is no listed requirements to get paid more and get a higher position. The most common way to get a higher position and pay is to have more education and the more education the more money and higher position you get. After your Ph.d you can apply to colleges like Harvard and get a master degree because you will likely get a fully paid scholarship if you did good in your other college. You Can also be paid more if you make a big discovery or if your really smart.

Salary and benefits

Average Salary-104,245 dollars per year

Highest 10% Average Salary-162,630 dollars per year

Lowest 10% Average Salary-52,160 dollars per year

Benefits-there is no special benefits I found other then access to special equipment

Attitude and values required

Natural Abilities-you need to be patient, open to new ideas and interested to learn to become a astronomer because it will likely be a while before you find some where to work and will likely never individually discover something because it will likely be a team discovery and not your own.

Personal values-You need to love space and science to become a astronomer