Professional astronomers follow the stars, literally! This exciting, yet competitive, field attracts hard-working students who enjoy observation and problem solving, and are willing to conduct detailed research for the possibility of scientific discovery.
A majority of astronomers work at colleges and universities, either in faculty positions or managing observatories and laboratories. In addition to teaching, they conduct research and publish their findings. Universities require a Ph.D. for faculty positions. Other employers include the federal government (like NASA), private business like the aerospace industry and public services like science museums. Learn more about astronomy careers at the American Astronomical Society website.