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Study Astronomy

As a child, were you fascinated by the starry night sky? Have you ever wondered how the universe came into being? Studying Astronomy will not only help you satisfy your curiosity about the universe but also open up exciting career opportunities for you. 

$119,730

$119,730: average annual salary of astronomers

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23,300 astronomers and physicists to be employed in US by 2030 

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Rank in the top 11% of careers for job satisfaction

$189,690

$189,690: average annual salary of top astronomers 

Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences. It is the study of celestial bodies and phenomena. Astronomy applies principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geology to understand the origin and evolution of the universe. Students learn about objects as colossal as galaxies and as small as neutrinos.

Aspiring astronomers learn what forces and energies enable the movement of heavenly bodies. They also develop observational skills and learn to theorise about the origin, nature and future of the cosmos.

  

Astronomy programmes consist of many mathematics and physics modules qualifying astronomy graduates to work on satellites, navigation systems, aerospace and transport systems. Astronomy graduates can apply their skill set to find occupations in astronomical observatories, planetariums, space programmes and agencies, aerospace industries, computer science and science journalism.

Some common course modules students can expect to study include cosmology, solar system, computational astrophysics, astronomical observation methodology, astrostatistics, electromagnetism, planetary physics and science communication.

Astronomy majors usually have a curious and inquisitive nature. You must have the same burning curiosity, for understanding the nature of the universe, to thrive in this field. Successful astronomers usually excelled in physics and mathematics early on and are able to quickly grasp abstract ideas.

  

Furthermore, analytical skills are indispensable if you want to succeed in the field of Astronomy. You should be able to analyse vast amounts of data and identify patterns. Patience is another required key trait due to the nature of the work: astronomers spend long hours making observations, analysing data and writing research papers.

  

Apart from these innate talents, students must cultivate two key skills to stand out among their peers. Firstly, they must be proficient in computer use. Astronomers must often run large amounts of numerical data to test their hypotheses. Data mining and statistical analysis of large data sets is not possible without computer proficiency. Secondly, astronomers must have enviable public speaking skills. Astronomers must often explain their findings to their peers and many astronomy occupations are based upon public speaking such as in science journalism or a planetarium. Students must avail the opportunities provided during their college life to practice their communication skills.

High levels of qualifications are needed to become an astronomer. The first step you can take in your journey to become a professional astronomer is to earn a bachelor’s degree in astronomy. During their bachelor’s students are taught the rudiments of observational and theoretical astronomy. A bachelor’s degree in Astronomy costs on average $53,420 per year in the US.

A master’s degree in Astronomy will allow you to focus on a branch of astronomy. During your master’s, you’ll learn professional observational techniques and research methodology. Students must conduct original research for their master’s thesis to obtain this degree.

   

A PhD degree in Astronomy will open a sea of opportunities for you. In fact, 91% of all astronomers are doctoral degree holders. A PhD degree focuses on research in a specific area of Astronomy such as galactic, cosmos, radio or solar astronomy. A PhD degree in Astronomy can take 4-5 years to complete.

  

Pop culture references in shows like the Big Bang Theory and movies like Don’t Look Up coupled with the internet attention amassed by astronomers such as Neil deGrasse Tyson has helped popularise Astronomy. To add to the mix, space exploration companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin is another reason for the emerging eminence of the field. This popularity has led to a sizeable increase in employment opportunities for Astronomers.

  

The high income and increasing employment opportunities make it a favourable field of study to pursue for the future.

  

Use your expertise or transferable skills to enter a range of different career paths related to Astronomy.

Science Journalist/ Science Writer

A solid foundation in science acquired during your astronomy degree will help you write high-quality science articles for various publications. Your work will allow the public to follow the progress in the field of science. Science writers frequently contact scientists for their expert opinions. Some science writers become editors in peer review science journals and help write research papers and grant proposals. The average annual income of a science writer is $80,621.

University Professor

Astronomy degree holders that are more academically inclined might pursue a career as a lecturer. In this role, you will teach astronomy related courses to students and help students conduct research. The average annual income for a university professor is $83,997.

Planetarium Director

Planetariums and planetary museums employ astronomers to manage the facility. Planetarium directors have strong interpersonal skills and industry connections. They oversee the day-to-day activities of a planetarium. The average annual income of a planetarium direction is $85,489.

  

Astrophysicist

Astrophysicists study the universe and associated phenomena from a physics framework. They try to understand the nature and properties of heavenly bodies. They research topics like dark matter, black holes, cosmic rays and general relativity. As an astrophysicist you will devise hypotheses and test their validity using the scientific method. You will also write and publish your finding in research journals. The average annual income for an astrophysicist is $119,580.

  

Top Astronomy courses

  • 在坎特伯雷大學
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    Nelson , New Zealand

    泰晤士高等教育世界大學排名: 501

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    課程級別

    研究生文憑

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    錄取分數

    6.5

    Fees

    總學費

    TWD 702,505 ? NZD  38,400 課程費用僅供參考,請與您的IDP顧問聯繫以了解最新的課程價格

  • 在薩賽克斯大學
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    Brighton , United Kingdom

    泰晤士高等教育世界大學排名: 151

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    課程級別

    碩士學位課程(教學型)

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    錄取分數

    6.0

    Fees

    總學費

    TWD 844,790 ? GBP  22,975 課程費用僅供參考,請與您的IDP顧問聯繫以了解最新的課程價格

  • 在西安大略大學
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    London , Canada

    泰晤士高等教育世界大學排名: 201

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    碩士學位課程

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    6.5

    Fees

    總學費

    TWD 815,578 ? CAD  37,968 課程費用僅供參考,請與您的IDP顧問聯繫以了解最新的課程價格

Top Universities to study Astronomy

蒙納士大學

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

uni-location Australia

麥考瑞大學

Macquarie University

THE ranking: 192

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澳洲國立大學

The Australian National University

THE ranking: 54

uni-location Australia

阿得雷德大學

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

uni-location Australia

西澳大學

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

uni-location Australia

南昆士蘭大學

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

uni-location Australia

安大略理工大學

Ontario Tech University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location Canada

滑鐵盧大學

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

uni-location Canada

卡爾頓大學

Carleton University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location Canada

麥克馬斯特大學

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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聖瑪麗大學

Saint Mary's University

uni-location Canada

皇后大學

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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卡加利大學

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

uni-location Canada

英屬哥倫比亞大學

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

uni-location Canada

曼尼托巴大學

University of Manitoba

THE ranking: 301

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阿爾伯塔大學

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

uni-location Canada

維多利亞大學

University of Victoria

THE ranking: 301

uni-location Canada

西安大略大學

Western University

THE ranking: 201

uni-location Canada

多倫多大學

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

uni-location Canada

坎特伯雷大學

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

uni-location New Zealand

倫敦大學皇家哈洛威學院

Royal Holloway, University of London

THE ranking: 351

uni-location United Kingdom

萊斯特大學

University of Leicester

THE ranking: 185

uni-location United Kingdom

卡地夫大學

Cardiff University

THE ranking: 189

uni-location United Kingdom

曼徹斯特大學

University of Manchester

THE ranking: 50

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肯特大學

University of Kent

THE ranking: 351

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雪菲爾大學

University of Sheffield

THE ranking: 110

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南安普敦大學

University of Southampton

THE ranking: 124

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愛丁堡大學

University of Edinburgh

THE ranking: 30

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杜倫大學

Durham University

THE ranking: 162

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聖安德魯斯大學

University of St Andrews

THE ranking: 201

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利物浦大學

University of Liverpool

THE ranking: 178

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諾丁漢大學

University of Nottingham

THE ranking: 141

uni-location United Kingdom

普茲茅斯大學

University of Portsmouth

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United Kingdom

赫福郡大學

University of Hertfordshire

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United Kingdom

薩賽克斯大學

University of Sussex

THE ranking: 151

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林肯大學

University of Lincoln

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United Kingdom

鄧迪大學

University of Dundee

THE ranking: 201

uni-location United Kingdom

倫敦大學柏貝克學院

Birkbeck, University of London

THE ranking: 351

uni-location United Kingdom

北西雅圖社區學院

North Seattle College

uni-location United States

加州州立大學洛杉磯分校

California State University, Los Angeles

uni-location United States

格蘭達爾學院

Glendale Community College - California

uni-location United States

加州州立大學洪堡分校

Humboldt State University (California State University, CSU)

uni-location United States

西雅圖中央社區學院

Seattle Central College

uni-location United States

聖塔芭芭拉城市學院

Santa Barbara City College

uni-location United States

麻州大學達特茅斯分校

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

THE ranking: 201

uni-location United States

北亞利桑那大學

Northern Arizona University

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

紐約州立大學紐柏茲分校

SUNY New Paltz

uni-location United States

佛羅里達理工學院

Florida Institute of Technology

THE ranking: 801

uni-location United States

哈佛大學

Harvard University

THE ranking: 2

uni-location United States

印第安納波里斯大學

University of Indianapolis

uni-location United States

加州理工學院

California Institute of Technology

THE ranking: 2

uni-location United States

安柏瑞德航太大學

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

uni-location United States

普林斯頓大學

Princeton University

THE ranking: 7

uni-location United States

塔夫茨大學

Tufts University

THE ranking: 172

uni-location United States

麻省理工學院

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

THE ranking: 5

uni-location United States

耶魯大學

Yale University

THE ranking: 9

uni-location United States

華盛頓州立大學

Washington State University

THE ranking: 351

uni-location United States

賓州大學

University of Pennsylvania

THE ranking: 13

uni-location United States

匹茲堡大學

University of Pittsburgh

THE ranking: 140

uni-location United States

理海大學

Lehigh University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

阿拉巴馬大學亨茨維爾分校

University of Alabama in Huntsville

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

埃默里大學

Emory University

THE ranking: 82

uni-location United States

德州理工大學

Texas Tech University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

加州大學河濱分校

University of California, Riverside

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

密西根州立大學

Michigan State University

THE ranking: 93

uni-location United States

內華達大學拉斯維加斯分校

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

THE ranking: 801

uni-location United States

波士頓大學

Boston University

THE ranking: 62

uni-location United States

德州農工大學

Texas A and M University - College Station

THE ranking: 193

uni-location United States

新罕布夏大學

University of New Hampshire

uni-location United States

佛羅里達州立大學

Florida State University

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

伊利諾大學香檳分校

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

THE ranking: 48

uni-location United States

喬治亞理工學院

Georgia Institute of Technology

THE ranking: 45

uni-location United States

萊斯大學

Rice University

THE ranking: 136

uni-location United States

威斯康辛大學密爾瓦基分校

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

中央密西根大學

Central Michigan University

uni-location United States

華盛頓大學

University of Washington

THE ranking: 29

uni-location United States

猶他大學

University of Utah

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

麻州大學阿默斯特分校

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

uni-location United States

卓克索大學

Drexel University

THE ranking: 351

uni-location United States

帝博大學

DePaul University

uni-location United States

密蘇里大學堪薩斯分校

University of Missouri - Kansas City

uni-location United States

愛荷華大學

University of Iowa

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

楊百翰大學

Brigham Young University - Provo

uni-location United States

蒙大拿州立大學

Montana State University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

維吉尼亞大學

University of Virginia

THE ranking: 127

uni-location United States

波爾州立大學

Ball State University

uni-location United States

愛荷華州立大學

Iowa State University

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

威奇塔州立大學

Wichita State University

uni-location United States

托雷多大學

University of Toledo

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

馬里蘭大學學院市分校

University of Maryland - College Park

THE ranking: 93

uni-location United States

普渡大學

Purdue University - West Lafayette

THE ranking: 105

uni-location United States

達特茅斯學院

Dartmouth College

THE ranking: 99

uni-location United States

雪城大學

Syracuse University

THE ranking: 351

uni-location United States

布朗大學

Brown University

THE ranking: 64

uni-location United States

石溪大學

SUNY Stony Brook University

THE ranking: 301

uni-location United States

密蘇里大學

University of Missouri

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

喬治亞州立大學

Georgia State University

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

密蘇里科技大學

Missouri University of Science and Technology

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

加州大學聖塔克魯茲分校

University of California - Santa Cruz

THE ranking: 201

uni-location United States

孟斐斯大學

University of Memphis

THE ranking: 801

uni-location United States

壬色列理工學院

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

加州大學洛杉磯分校

University of California, Los Angeles

THE ranking: 20

uni-location United States

德拉瓦大學

University of Delaware

THE ranking: 301

uni-location United States

懷俄明大学

University of Wyoming

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

中央佛羅里達大學

University of Central Florida

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

馬里蘭大學巴爾的摩分校

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

芝加哥大學

University of Chicago

THE ranking: 10

uni-location United States

密蘇里大學聖路易分校

University of Missouri - St. Louis

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

科羅拉多大學波德分校

University of Colorado - Boulder

THE ranking: 158

uni-location United States

凱斯西儲大學

Case Western Reserve University

THE ranking: 126

uni-location United States

哥倫比亞大學

Columbia University

THE ranking: 11

uni-location United States

田納西大學

University of Tennessee

THE ranking: 301

uni-location United States

康乃爾大學

Cornell University

THE ranking: 22

uni-location United States

霍華大學

Howard University

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

印第安納大學布魯明頓校區

Indiana University - Bloomington

THE ranking: 167

uni-location United States

密西根理工大學

Michigan Technological University

uni-location United States

堪薩斯州立大學

Kansas State University

THE ranking: 801

uni-location United States

新墨西哥州立大學

New Mexico State University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

約翰霍普金斯大學

Johns Hopkins University

THE ranking: 13

uni-location United States

西北大學

Northwestern University

THE ranking: 24

uni-location United States

北卡羅萊納州立大學

North Carolina State University - Raleigh

THE ranking: 301

uni-location United States

俄亥俄州立大学

Ohio State University - Columbus

THE ranking: 85

uni-location United States

賓州大學大學公園校區

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

THE ranking: 119

uni-location United States

俄克拉荷馬州立大學

Oklahoma State University

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

加州大學聖地亞哥分校

University of California - San Diego

THE ranking: 34

uni-location United States

加州大學戴維斯分校

University of California - Davis

THE ranking: 67

uni-location United States

加州大學柏克萊分校

University of California - Berkeley

THE ranking: 8

uni-location United States

加州大學聖塔芭芭拉分校

University of California - Santa Barbara

THE ranking: 68

uni-location United States

加州大學爾灣分校

University of California - Irvine

THE ranking: 96

uni-location United States

辛辛那提大學

University of Cincinnati

uni-location United States

休士頓大學淨湖分校

University of Hawaii - Manoa

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

喬治亞大學

University of Georgia

THE ranking: 351

uni-location United States

佛羅里達大學

University of Florida

THE ranking: 154

uni-location United States

新墨西哥州立大學

University of New Mexico

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

蒙大拿大學

University of Montana

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

明尼蘇達大學

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

THE ranking: 114

uni-location United States

聖母大學

University of Notre Dame

THE ranking: 183

uni-location United States

羅徹斯特大學

University of Rochester

THE ranking: 142

uni-location United States

奧克拉荷馬大學

University of Oklahoma

uni-location United States

密西根大學安娜堡分校

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

THE ranking: 24

uni-location United States

范德比大學

Vanderbilt University

THE ranking: 113

uni-location United States

維吉尼亞理工學院暨州立大學

Virginia Tech

THE ranking: 201

uni-location United States

德州大學奧斯汀分校

University of Texas - Austin

THE ranking: 47

uni-location United States

瓦爾帕萊索大學

Valparaiso University

uni-location United States

韋恩州立大學

Wayne State University

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

威斯康辛大學麥迪遜分校

University of Wisconsin - Madison

THE ranking: 58

uni-location United States

堪薩斯大學

University of Kansas - Shorelight

THE ranking: 401

uni-location United States

威斯康辛大學拉克羅斯分校

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

uni-location United States

路易斯安那州立大學

Louisiana State University - Shorelight

THE ranking: 501

uni-location United States

加州州立大學北嶺分校

California State University - Northridge

uni-location United States

聖地亞哥州立大學

San Diego State University

THE ranking: 601

uni-location United States

舊金山州立大學

San Francisco State University

uni-location United States

蒙特克萊爾州立大學

Montclair State University

uni-location United States

羅徹斯特理工學院

Rochester Institute of Technology

THE ranking: 801

uni-location United States

太平洋大學 Shorelight 集團

University of the Pacific - Shorelight

uni-location United States

波羅塔社區學院區

Peralta Community College District

uni-location United States

猶他大學 Shorelight 集團

University of Utah - Shorelight

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

貝勒大學

Baylor University - International Study Center (StudyGroup)

THE ranking: 801

uni-location United States

亞利桑那州立大學

Arizona State University - Kaplan International

THE ranking: 132

uni-location United States

薩福克大學

Suffolk University - INTO USA

uni-location United States

喬治梅森大學

George Mason University - INTO USA

THE ranking: 251

uni-location United States

匹茲堡州立大學

Pittsburg State University

uni-location United States

Illinois Institute Of Technology - CEG

Illinois Institute Of Technology - CEG

THE ranking: 351

uni-location United States

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

uni-location United States

College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo

uni-location United States

University of York International Pathway College - Kaplan UK

University of York International Pathway College - Kaplan UK

uni-location United Kingdom

皇家墨爾本理工大學

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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