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People would think that staring at the stars and pondering the interactions of large bodies of matter would involve a life of quiet contemplation removed from the petty day-to-day distractions of the working world But being an astronomer involves more then just this Astronomers track study and review data of energy emitted from stars movements of planetary bodies and the interactions between these two phenomena This highly cerebral environment requires a person attentive to detail willing to work with others and able to play political academic games Large telescopes usually radio telescopes track interstellar phenomena collect light from distant starts sense radioactive emissions and locate and identify new stellar bodies Astronomers collect and analyze this data and work with astrophysicists and mathematicians to find better ways of describing the interaction between various bodies of stellar matter and energy Much work is done using computers to examine how received data matches against expected data Those who are not associated with universities are employed by research institutions planetariums or as consultants for other areas of scientific inquiry such as electronic communication technology There are about 3500 people associated in this profession Males hold the standing of 80 in this ocupation and wemon 20 The aerage hours a week that astronomers work is about 40 hours Their sarting salsery is about 30000 After five years in the profession the salaery rasies to about 45000 After 10 to 15 years the salery is about equal to 65000 Only around 175 American universities offer astronomy as a degree on the undergraduate level and around sixty offer study on the graduate level so as each university reaps a new crop of graduates competition increases for the few faculty and research positions available A PhD is generally required to work in the
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