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How hard is it for an astrophysicist to get employed with an observatory?

Is the competition high? Thank you.

Asked By: - 2/8/2013
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I'm not sure what you mean by being employed by an observatory. Most of those jobs have to do with maintaining & operating the equipment, w/perhaps some equipment design involved... More
Answered By: Larry - 2/8/2013
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There are lots of graduate students who are working on their advanced degrees who end up getting many of the "low hanging fruit" or entry level jobs. But I suspect every time one wants a full time job there, the powers that be notice there are more graduate students who will work for peanuts or ramen noodles!
Answered By: birchardvilleobservatory - 2/8/2013
 
You work at a observatory by working for a University mostly. So you become a Dr of Astrophysics or a grad student and you will use the Observatories. Observatories are not 9 to 5 jobs. They are tools that research facilities (Universities) get time on.
Answered By: Acetek - 2/8/2013
 
Not if they're any good. Bloke who lived a few doors down the street was on the committee to allocate time on the Hubble ST and he was in Australia. Astrophysicists do not need to be at an observatory. You hook a CCD camera to the scope and watch the fun on your HD TV from the other side of the Earth, if you want to... More
Answered By: Brigalow Bloke - 2/8/2013
 
It depends more at the University that you are affiliated with. Most professional astronomers "rent" time at an observatory (by setting up a request for observing time with an observatory) and are usually not directly employed by the observatory.
Answered By: Nyx - 2/8/2013
 
There are more people who want to work in astrophysics than there are jobs for them, so competition is pretty stiff for any job. They often get many hundreds of qualified applicants. Most observatories do have permanent astronomers on staff, so it is possible, and those jobs aren't as popular if they involve spending... More
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