Caitlyn Mueller - 3rd Hour

Career Overview

Astronomers studies outer space. They try to find to find scientific answers to questions about the universe. They observe the skies through telescopes and use spectroscopes to study light from stars. Some determine sizes and orbits of planets, moons, and comets.

How to Succeed in This Career

Good classes to take in high school are: Advanced Math, English, Science, social studies, also other helpful classes would be Calculus, Advanced, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics and Probability. As far as college, you would need a Doctorate degree.

Cost of Education & Living

University: Beloit College

Tuition: $42,220 per year

Aproximently 4 years: $168,880

Parent Estimations

Housing for amount of time in college (most are for four years with summers off)= $ 30000

Food/groceries for the amount of time I will be in college (most are 4 year degrees) = $20800

Gas money for travelling/helping pay for carpooling during time at college (4 yrs.) = $ 10000

Clothing money for time at college (typically 4 yrs.) = $4000

Total tuition for total time at college (typically 4 yrs. with summers off)= $23000

GRAND TOTAL COST OF GOING TO COLLEGE (housing, food, gas, clothing, and tuition)=$ 87800

Most people would be able to apply for loans, financial aid, or scholarships if you need the help. It would be smart to at least get a part time job while in school to help pay for the costs of everything.

Thoughts about Pursuing this Career

One interview with a 8th grade student said I like the money I would earn, but sometimes I would work at night. I don’t like the uneven hours. I want a steady day shift so when I get older I can see my kids and not be to exhausted.

Professional Organizations

(NASA Organization Structure)-

(America Astronomy Society)-

Pros and Cons


-Challenge of exploring space

-Excellent money

-Has job openings coming up


-Repetitive observations can become boring

-Night time hours

-Unsteady hours

Why you Should be an Astronomer

If you want to shoot for the moon, you should now something about it! Become an astronomer today! You will study outer space and find scientific answers! Its easy give it a try! You will be inside on a computer, or sometimes out side looking through telescopes. Its fun! All you need is a Doctorate degree. When you get one the job right away you get a whopping 51,270 dollars per year. Now that's a lot of money I want.