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


  • Scientific research and development services firms and the Federal Government employ over half of all physicists and astronomers.
  • Most jobs in basic research usually require a doctoral degree; master's degree holders qualify for some jobs in applied research and development; bachelor's degree holders often qualify as research assistants or for other physics-related occupations, such as technicians.
  • Applicants may face competition for basic research positions due to limited funding; however, those with a background in physics or astronomy may have good opportunities in related fields, such as engineering and technology.


Personality I'm a problem solver
Salary $95,500/yr ($47.75/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education Doctor or Professional degree