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What kinds of jobs do astronomers do?

If I became an astronomer, what kind of a job would I get?

After getting their doctoral degree, most astronomers take a number of short term jobs called "postdocs" which last a two years or so each. During this time, they're doing research and publishing papers to establish themselves. After some number of postdocs, they can then find a position on the faculty of a college or university, where they teach and do research, or they can get a position at a research institution. I've also known a couple of PhD's who got faculty positions right out of graduate school.

January 2002, Britt Scharringhausen (more by Britt Scharringhausen) (Like this Answer)

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