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What other careers involve Astronomy besides Astronomer?

I was wondering if there are other careers in Astronomy besides an Astronomer. I love space and have always had a huge fascination with stars and planets and was looking for a career that could involve my passion for outer space. I hope you can help me...

Well, I personally think being an Astronomer is the best job there is, but I'm biased.

There are actually a lot of other jobs that involve Astronomy directly and indirectly. So here are a few:

Engineer - NASA as well as other other research institutes for Astronomy employ lots of engineers and computer programmers to help run their space programs. They work on instruments on spacecrafts and experiments, or they make sure that the programs work correctly. Without engineers, Astronomers would be grounded forever!

Amateur Astronomer - there are many people out there that love Astronomy, but don't make it as their career. They get together and look at stars,and keep up with the latest Astronomy news. I think Astronomy is one of those fields that actually have amateurs contributing to it! For example, one of the discoverers of the Levy-Shoemaker comet (Levy) was not a professional Astronomer.

Teacher - get the word out about Astronomy! One of the best jobs in the world, I think, is to get everyone else to love astronomy as much as you do. Astronomy is one of the sciences that people know least about, and it would be great to teach others about it.

Public Outreach - Many research places employ people to do public outreach for them. The public outreach people write press releases that you see online and in news papers informing people about the exciting research and discoveries being done at their institute. This is another way to get people excited about Astronomy!

There are so many careers that involve Astronomy, that I can't list them all! But I think those above are the main ones. But whatever you end up doing, I hope you'll be very happy doing it.

July 2003, Lisa Wei (more by Lisa Wei) (Like this Answer)

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