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How Much Money Astrophysicists Make

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Silverbackman
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Aug28-05, 04:18 PM
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As I said in a couple threads before I really want to go into politics later in life. I honestly am satisfied with the money that is said physicist make but if I want to have a successful career in politics many sites and people say I need money.

But I have a strong love for science, especially cosmology. How much do astrophysicists get payed on average? More specifically how much do astrophysicists in cosmology (cosmologists) get payed? Would they make enough for me to be successful in politics later on life?
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Poop-Loops
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Aug29-05, 12:02 AM
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Nobody does science for the money. You have to choose what you'd rather do.

Or even better, do science find some rich friends who will support you later.

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Baggio
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Aug29-05, 05:30 AM
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Yeah, If you have a "strong love" for it you wouldn't be asking this question.. Though I find it hard to believe that you need money to get into politics.. If you mean locally then I'd prob say no you don't , however, I'm not an expert on these things.

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Aug30-05, 11:46 AM
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How Much Money Astrophysicists Make

But do you know the average made an year anyways for a astrophysicist?
TARSIER
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2.50 an hour. Happy?
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Quote Quote by Silverbackman
As I said in a couple threads before I really want to go into politics later in life. I honestly am satisfied with the money that is said physicist make but if I want to have a successful career in politics many sites and people say I need money.

But I have a strong love for science, especially cosmology. How much do astrophysicists get payed on average? More specifically how much do astrophysicists in cosmology (cosmologists) get payed? Would they make enough for me to be successful in politics later on life?

What makes you think you belong in politics? Or that you'll contribute to the overall optimal balance between the law and what people want or need?

If you just go into a field for glamor and personal gain - what makes you think you belong there? There are plenty of politicians who dont belong where they are today, and because of them there are a lot of people who suffer, and some lose lives.

If you think science is about making money, then somebody seriously misinformed you. If you do get paid $100k a year by some ego rush to the top, you should seriously consider spending most of it away on research - buying equipment, investing in new software, hardware, start up corporations, etc. Like Paul Allen for example.
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Aug31-05, 07:14 PM
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Quote Quote by TARSIER
2.50 an hour. Happy?
I noticed that many people on PF have a negative view towards money as if it is an evil thing. Is this a euro socialist forum or what . If I ask a question on money it doesn't mean I'm money crazy, geez.

And don't make me laugh, lol, 2.50 an hour .


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What makes you think you belong in politics? Or that you'll contribute to the overall optimal balance between the law and what people want or need?

If you just go into a field for glamor and personal gain - what makes you think you belong there? There are plenty of politicians who dont belong where they are today, and because of them there are a lot of people who suffer, and some lose lives.

If you think science is about making money, then somebody seriously misinformed you. If you do get paid $100k a year by some ego rush to the top, you should seriously consider spending most of it away on research - buying equipment, investing in new software, hardware, start up corporations, etc. Like Paul Allen for example.
What makes you think I'm going into politics for glamor and personal gain? I think it is the best way to help people considering you have actual power. There is especially one thing I can do, make the lives of scientists easier in whatever way;).

$100K is not bad, but I'm curious what is the starting pay?
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Aug31-05, 08:29 PM
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Part of the reason astrophysicists aren't concerned with how much money they make is that they don't have the time to spend it. To be successful in astrophysics, you have to work at least 60 hours a week for most of your career. If you make a huge discovery or get a lucrative faculty position, you can get away with less than this, but that wouldn't be until at least your late 30's (probably later).

All you need to know is that you'll live comfortably after graduate school (assuming you get a job). If that doesn't satisfy you, then I suggest another career, because you'll be an absolutely miserable astrophysicist if your focus isn't on the work.
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Aug31-05, 09:08 PM
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Quote Quote by Silverbackman
I noticed that many people on PF have a negative view towards money as if it is an evil thing. Is this a euro socialist forum or what . If I ask a question on money it doesn't mean I'm money crazy, geez.

And don't make me laugh, lol, 2.50 an hour .
1. I am not a Euro Socialist.
2. For the brief periods I have visited this forum, I have never seen anyone have a negative view towards money, people just realize that money isn't everything.
3. Like any "job", since you didn't list a specific job for a specific group, how is anyone supposed to know what the wage is? It's not like there's a job titled "Astrophysics" and pays "$#" for "#" years.
4. You need to grow up. Politics isn't really something that you just kinda jump into after you've been a physicist. It sounds as if you are having a midlife crisis and think, "Hmmm, what can I be that sounds cool? First I'll be an Astrophysicist, then a Politician, then I'll be an investment specialist, pilot, and then I'll retire and write a best-selling novel."
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Aug31-05, 11:23 PM
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You mean I won't be able to be a physicist turned pro cage fighter turned astronaught? :(

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Aug31-05, 11:29 PM
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Quote Quote by Silverbackman
But I have a strong love for science, especially cosmology. How much do astrophysicists get payed on average? More specifically how much do astrophysicists in cosmology (cosmologists) get payed? Would they make enough for me to be successful in politics later on life?
Its incompatible. being successful in politics requires you to either be very rich, very well known, or start your political career early in your life. You can't gain a bunch of money (and probably nowhere near enough disposable money to mount a campaign or enough friends to help establish enough money) by working and then going into politics. At the most, probably, if you follow that road.... you could get a city council position after retirement... maybe even an assembly position.
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Aug31-05, 11:31 PM
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Quote Quote by SpaceTiger
All you need to know is that you'll live comfortably after graduate school (assuming you get a job). If that doesn't satisfy you, then I suggest another career, because you'll be an absolutely miserable astrophysicist if your focus isn't on the work.
Theres hte key. You can live comfortably quite easily but as far as making enough money to run campaigns or truely become rich, its a long shot it seems (unless of course you are decently active and successful in stocks or things that require little time investment).
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Aug31-05, 11:35 PM
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The thing is, if you want to go into physics, you won't have time for politics. You'll be too busy studying. You'll get out of school by the time you're almost 30. And then you need to find a job and situate yourself before you can explore any other careers. So you'll be "getting into" politics in your mid 30's, with no background. Doesn't look too good for you.

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Aug31-05, 11:38 PM
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Quote Quote by Poop-Loops
The thing is, if you want to go into physics, you won't have time for politics. You'll be too busy studying. You'll get out of school by the time you're almost 30. And then you need to find a job and situate yourself before you can explore any other careers. So you'll be "getting into" politics in your mid 30's, with no background. Doesn't look too good for you.

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Sep2-05, 02:52 AM
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I really do want to go into politics, but by the sounds of it physics is not a good profession to go into for it, maybe it is not for me. However I cannot imagine any other job I can work for before going into politics, I really do love cosmology. Any suggestions .
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Sep2-05, 02:55 AM
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I really do want to go into politics, but by the sounds of it physics is not a good profession to go into for it, maybe it is not for me. However I cannot imagine any other job I can work for before going into politics, I really do love cosmology. Any suggestions .
Politics is the job politicians go into to get into politics.

On a more serious note... MAYBE a lawyer... definitely government... but not science, nothing science.
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Sep2-05, 10:39 AM
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Quote Quote by Pengwuino
Politics is the job politicians go into to get into politics.
Pengwuino is right here. You can do a lot of work in politics even if you're not (yet) an elected official, and if that's your goal it's probably the best way to get there.

Of course, anyone can be a politician (even scientists) but it's not a very easy route or direct route to go through cosmology.
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Sep2-05, 11:02 AM
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Quote Quote by Pengwuino
Politics is the job politicians go into to get into politics.

On a more serious note... MAYBE a lawyer... definitely government... but not science, nothing science.
Political science.

Sorry, I had to. :)

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