how hard is the major?if aperson studies astronomy, what would be his career?what are the degrees in this science?how long does it take to graduate ?what are the good schools for it in california? and finally , is the payment also good in future?
- eriLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
There really aren't any jobs in astronomy unless you have a PhD, and that takes about 10 years of college to complete (4 undergrad and about 6 graduate).
If you do think you want to be an astronomer, you'll actually want to major in physics as an undergrad, with a minor or double major in math and astronomy. Physics is much more important when it comes to getting into graduate school for astronomy.
Good schools for astronomy in California include Berkeley, CalTech, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, and Stanford (physics). Astronomers work at colleges and universities, national labs, or for NASA. We typically make in the range of $60,000 to $120,000 with a PhD. It's not going to make you rich, but it's a very rewarding field.Source(s): astrophysics grad student