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Becoming an astronomer?

The past year I have really learned that I love science, particularly astronomy, and I'm very good at understanding it and I love learning about the Universe and things like that. I've thought about it as a possible career, because I would love being an astronomer for a living...I would enjoy it so much. But where could I get a job as an astronomer, and how much would I make? I'm just worried about the openings and exactly where I could find a job in this career because it seems much more hard to find than other careers. What I don't understand is....why isn't astronomy a big field? It seems very important to me, and I think that every single person in the world should understand how it works and why we are here. I'm hesitant to go into this field because there aren't many opportunities, but yet at the same time I love it, and if I could become a Richard Dawkins or Carl Sagan or anyone like that, I would be happy. I guess being a teacher is not a bad idea. I could be a college or high school teacher and make some good money.

Asked By: E - 12/22/2011
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Astronomy offers many jobs, in fact one of the news magazines recently rated it one of the top two fields for science... More
Answered By: tham153 - 12/22/2011
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Unfortunately, astronomy isnt exactly a rapidly expanding field. but there are jobs available from working at an observatory to research and development to becoming an astronaut.
Answered By: Bùtthead - 12/22/2011
 
Well - you can sure study it at the University - but you don't have to do it for a job because there's probably very few jobs in that area. If you were to work in astronomy, you'd probably be a teacher mostly... More
Answered By: Vulcan - 12/22/2011
 
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