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Careers in Astronomy

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Main Topics & Concepts
  • What do Astronomers do, and how?
  • What kind of education do they need?
  • What other kinds of jobs are there in astronomy?
Resources Access Description
A New Universe to Explore: Careers in Astronomy

AAS* Education Office

web A brochure/report on current questions in astronomy and the career paths. Organized around topics like "Preparation for...," "Where Astronomers Work," and "Employment Potential."
FAQ About Being an Astronomer
webpaper Commonly asked questions and answers. Not a place to send email, but still a good source of information. 
Careers in Astronomy

NASA/IMAGE mission

web Page on career questions from "Ask an Astronomer."
A Guidebook to Astronomy


web Autobiographical experiences of an astronomer, from grade school to college and professional positions. Includes interviews with other astronomers.
Space Careers

web The nitty-gritty. Lots of employers listed by type (int'l agencies, commercial labs, etc.), and access to current job listings, job hunting resources on the Web and links to professional associations. Watch out for dead links to jobs from the employer pages. Start to employer home page instead.
Careers in Astronomy


web Organized FAQ sheet from American Astronomical Society.

*American Astronomical Society

**National Optical Astronomy Observatory