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

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Study celestial phenomena, using a variety of ground-based and space-borne telescopes and scientific instruments.
  • Analyze research data to determine its significance, using computers.
  • Develop theories based on personal observations or on observations and theories of other astronomers.
  • Collaborate with other astronomers to carry out research projects.
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences and in papers written for scientific journals.
  • Raise funds for scientific research.
  • Measure radio, infrared, gamma, and x-ray emissions from extraterrestrial sources.
  • Teach astronomy or astrophysics.
  • Develop instrumentation and software for astronomical observation and analysis.
  • Review scientific proposals and research papers.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Interferometers
  • Radarbased surveillance systems
  • Spectrographs
  • Spectrometers
  • Telescopes

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Development environment software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Word processing software

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