Astronomers

Also called: Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Research Scientist, Scientist,



What they do:
Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
On the job, you would:
  • Mentor graduate students and junior colleagues.
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences and in papers written for scientific journals.
  • Collaborate with other astronomers to carry out research projects.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • SAS
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Development environment software
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • National Instruments LabVIEW

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
  • post-doctoral training
  • doctoral degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$114,590
$59,420
$185,780

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What they do:
Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

On the job, you would:
  • Mentor graduate students and junior colleagues.
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences and in papers written for scientific journals.
  • Collaborate with other astronomers to carry out research projects.

KNOWLEDGE

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

ABILITIES

Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persistence

TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • SAS
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Development environment software
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • National Instruments LabVIEW

EDUCATION

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
  • post-doctoral training
  • doctoral degree
usually needed

JOB OUTLOOK

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$114,590
$59,420
$185,780

EXPLORE MORE