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Interested in staring into space? Wondering about the origin of the universe?

Astronomers are typically doctoral-level professionals working for research organizations, including higher education and government labs. You can get your start doing research with a bachelor or master’s degree at many of the National Labs.

There are a range of space-related careers in addition to astronomy. Engineers, technicians, and communications professionals are key to successful missions. Learn more here.

Salary Info

From the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • 2016 Median Salary: $114,870

Salaries vary widely depending on role, geographic location, and level of experience. Do your research to get a better sense of what specific companies in particular cities are paying entry-level employees. Check out Glassdoor and to get an idea. Also, a cost of living calculator can be very useful when trying to compare salaries in different parts of the country.


The Department of Energy oversees the National labs responsible for conducting astronomical research. Many hire student interns for the summer, and you can search for those here.


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