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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 9 years ago

Can you get a lot of jobs with a degree in astronomy?

Also can you get into some astronomy jobs without a degree in it.

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    The astronomy field is extremely competitive (as eri and poldi will both tell you.)

    If you don't have a PhD in Physics (astronomy is generally a subset of Physics anymore), you can pretty much forget getting most of the 'glory' jobs in astronomy.

    (If you are clever, and really know your craft, it is possible to create a job for yourself - doing travelling planetarium shows and such...)

    A lot of jobs?.. not as many jobs as there are astronomers competing for them.

    Look at it this way - a tenured professor of astronomy can expect to be able to stay in his position for as much as 40 years or more.... so there isn't a lot of turnover. There are perhaps a few hundred astronomy teaching positions across the US. Perhaps a couple dozen 'open up' in a good year.

    Compare that to professional football players. Between all the leagues, the teams, the special squads, etc, there are maybe as many as a couple thousand pro football players - and the average career might be 4 or 5 years. A couple *hundred* positions open up each year.

    And what sort of chance would you give the average person for getting one of those jobs?

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  • hohl
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Astronomy Degree Jobs

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  • eri
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    There's very little you can do in astronomy without a PhD in astronomy or physics, and even if you have one there aren't many jobs. If you decide you really love it and can't picture yourself doing anything else, go for it - otherwise don't bother. You can make a lot more money in other fields with less time in college. No, you there really aren't any jobs in can get in astronomy above the volunteer level without a degree, and most require a PhD. If you decide to try the PhD, get a PhD in physics - you can be an astronomer with that, but more importantly, you can be a physicist, and that has more job opportunities.

    Source(s): getting a PhD in physics (astrophysics)
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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • Mark
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    With a degree in masters in mathematics, DS degree in computer science, BS Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in optics, Masters in Geophysics.

    The problem is that there aren't many positions in astronomy in the private sector. If your interested in astronomy and you can't afford college you have an interesting option: The USN/USCG. What you need to do is get your grades up very high and get yourself appointed to the Naval Academy, the US merchant marine Academy, or Coast Guard Academy. You need to me in the Navy for 12 years (USN academy or transfer to the USN from the other two schools) The career destination is the United States Naval Observatory facilities. The civilian side of the USN observatory is a degree only path.

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  • 6 years ago

    yes

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  • Dude
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    no

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