Astronomers

General Information

Description

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 1,500 openings for physicists and astronomers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$119,730

State-by-state Salary

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$170,800
$72,100
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 63%
  • Doctoral degree 27%
  • Master's degree 4%
  • Bachelor's degree 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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