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Astronomers
(SOC Code : 19-2011)
in California

Observe, research, and interpret celestial and astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge and apply such information to practical problems.

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AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$70.22$65.10$76.93$0.00

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Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Scientific Research and Development Svc 6,17020.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Planetary Astronomy and Science

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Study celestial phenomena, using a variety of ground-based and space-borne telescopes and scientific instruments.
Analyze research data to determine its significance, using computers.
Develop theories based on personal observations or on observations and theories of other astronomers.
Collaborate with other astronomers to carry out research projects.
Present research findings at scientific conferences and in papers written for scientific journals.
Raise funds for scientific research.
Measure radio, infrared, gamma, and x-ray emissions from extraterrestrial sources.
Teach astronomy or astrophysics.
Develop instrumentation and software for astronomical observation and analysis.
Review scientific proposals and research papers.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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