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I wan't to be an astronomer

  1. Nov 6, 2009 #1
    Since I was a little kid I've always found the outer space to be fascinating. I'm currently studying to become a Maritime chief engineer. It includes a lot of calculating electrical circuits, mathematics and physics (We call them level C, B and A - A being highest) at college level, and some chemistry. It takes three years.

    I only need to supply with some chemistry when I'm done, and then I can apply to a Astronomy course in Copenhagen.

    Can anyone give me some feedback on my idea? Is there a lack of astronomers, income and what else i can use this degree for..ect..

    And, Do I need to get a PhD in astronomy to be able to look for a job?

    I also notice that there are not many astronomy topics here. Is astronomy just boring, compared to physics? :tongue2: Or is it just plain useless?
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  3. Nov 6, 2009 #2
    At least in the US, there isn't a lack of professional astronomers. However you can use the skills that you learned in astronomy to get a reasonably well paying job on Wall Street, which is where I ended up.

    Also there are some parts of astronomy where you can do good work without being a professional. If you spend about US$10,000, you can put together a decent lab that you can do thinks like variable star observations.

    To get a formal academic position, you need a Ph.D. and usually two three year postdocs. However, never, never get a Ph.D. for career reasons since you probably won't get a formal job even with the Ph.D.

  4. Nov 6, 2009 #3
    twofish-quant: I live in a very small country, with a population of 48.000, give or take. I plan to live other places in the world, like the US maybe, and there make use of my astronomy degree, outside of academia. And when I return home (And I probably will), a school teacher is pretty much the only work I can get, with a degree in astronomy. So, If I don't need a PhD. in astronomy, I sure ain't going for it :tongue2:

    Is there a lot of chemistry work involved in the astronomy course? I've never had chemistry and I always hear bad things about it:confused:
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009
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