Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.6% (as fast as the average)


What Astronomers Do

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

Other Job Titles Astronomers May Have

Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Research Scientist, Scientist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Astrophysicist / Director ,

Harvard Laboratory for Visual Learning

The focus of my research investigates how technology can foster the exchange of information between people and machines, given wide-ranging differences in the neurology of individuals (including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders). I seek to re-engineer the technology we use for reading, to make this process more efficient and effective for all. I also occasionally give talks and develop online resources for students and teachers.

Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Principal Investigator at GROWTH ,

California Institute of Technology

I study the dynamic universe using the giant robotic telescopes at the Palomar Observatory. These telescopes are continuously recording the night sky and I analyze and record any phenomenon that change.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Analyze research data to determine its significance, using computers.
  • Study celestial phenomena, using a variety of ground-based and space-borne telescopes and scientific instruments.

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