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Question by Muirgirl94: What jobs are out there for an Astronomer? Is it a good paying job?
I really want to go to college to get into the Astronomy career but I don’t know what kind of jobs there are for an Astronomer who lives in Sacramento, CA. I really want a job that pays good too. Can you give me a list of jobs for me to choose from?
Answer by eri
You’ll need a PhD to be an astronomer. There are very few jobs if you don’t have one (and you need one to do research) and there aren’t many jobs even if you do have a PhD in the field. You’ll almost certainly not find one right where you want one – you’d have to be very wiling to move. Between getting a bachelors, PhD, doing a postdoc or two, and then getting a full-time job, you might move 4 times or more, across the country (or even out of it). Also, it doesn’t pay too well considering how long you spend in school to get the PhD. We do it because we love it, not because it’s going to make us rich.
Astronomers work for colleges and universities (teaching and doing research), national labs and observatories (doing research), and NASA (doing research).
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