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What is it like to be an Astronomer?

Astronomers study the universe, and may follow paid careers as a professional scientist or educator working for a university, college, major observatory, planetarium or government research institute.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Astronomers use their curious and motivated minds to overcome the many challenges they may be faced with. You will have a fascination for the universe and the ability to perform observational and theoretical tasks.

Other key skills and attributes include:

  • imagination
  • patience
  • an inquisitive mind
  • interested in mathematics
  • computing and physics
  • good oral and written communication skills.

To become an Astronomer

To be able to become an Astronomer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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Do you enjoy problem solving? Let your curiosity take over.

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