Career memes of the week: astronomer

8 Oct 20131 Share

This week’s career memes look up (ahem) to astronomers, those who make observations, examine reams of data, and help inform scientific theories to enhance our understanding of the universe.

Astronomers may choose an area of specialisation, because space is so vast.  Some astronomers may choose to focus on black holes, for example, while others may specifically study planets.

Their work may often involve working at night – when conditions are better for observing space – and they can work with ground-based equipment (such as optical telescopes) and equipment in space (such as the Hubble space telescope).

Some astronomers use their expertise to develop new devices and practical applications, as well. Therefore, their employers can consist of colleges, universities and the federal government.

In general, astronomers work in an office and/or observatories. They will have a solid background in maths or physics.

The average salary for an astronomer in the UK is stg £73,104, according to My Salary.

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Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina comes to Ireland from Canada, where she held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she’s not saving dangling participles or managing production at Siliconrepublic.com, she’s training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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