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Astronomy Careers Arlington VA

Local resource for astronomy careers in Arlington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to astronomy courses, astronomer jobs, and astronomy degree programs, as well as advice and content on how to start a career in astronomy.

Viisage Corporate
(703) 414-5800
1215 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA

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Blackstone Technology Group
(703) 812-9700
4601 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA

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Mancini Technical Recruiting
(515) 223-9555
Box 2183
Alexandria, VA

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Nancy Allen Associates
(703) 247-4222
1730 N Lynn St
Rosslyn, VA

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Universal Recruiting Co.
(703) 522-0069
2300 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington,, VA

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Milestone Group
(703) 312-6231
1600 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA

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Creative Group
(703) 243-7949
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA

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Universal Recruiting Company
(804) 358-1901
2300 Clarendon, Blvd., Ste. 1004
Arlington, VA

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Expericence Works Staffing Svc
(703) 522-8604
2000 14th St N
Arlington, VA

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(703) 778-9991
1911 North Fort Myer # 101
Arlington, VA

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How to become an Astronomer

Professional Astronomers are highly educated individuals who typically have a PhD in physics and/or astronomy and are employed by research institutions or universities. They spend the majority of their time working on research, although they quite often have other duties that include teaching, building instruments, or aiding in the operation of an observatory.

Astronomers must hold a PhD in astronomy or physics to begin a career in astronomy. After earning a PhD, many savvy professionals will take a postdoctoral position, a temporary appointment which allows an astronomer to concentrate on his/her own research that lasts two to three years. Today most astronomers will take on a second post-doc or even a third in order to be seriously considered for a faculty or scientific staff position.

The field of astronomy is a multi-disciplinary profession that enables PhD astronomers to be employed in a variety of technical concentrations. Many astronomers in the 1970's found employment through the defense and aerospace industries. Due to the versatility of occupations, PhD astronomers continue to be well qualified to pursue careers in computing, industry, and education.

What does an Astronomer do?

Astronomy is the study of the celestial bodies and their compositions, motions, and origins. Astronomers are scientists that study the universe and the objects within it.

Astronomers are scientists that study the universe and the objects within it. Most astronomers concentrate on a particular question or area of astronomy: e.g., planetary science, solar astronomy, the origin and evolution of stars, or the formation of galaxies.

Observational astronomers design and carry out observing programs with a telescope or spacecraft to answer a question or test the predictions of theories.

Theorists work with complex computer models of a star's interior: e.g., to understand the physical processes responsible for the star's appearance.

Most astronomers teach at colleges and universities, or combine teaching and research. Astronomers spend hours writing grant proposals and traveling to meetings and observatories. The modern astronomer spends more time working from a desk, analyzing date or computer models, and attending conferences.

Astronomers who work for The National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) can focus on their own programs of research, with the remainder of their work responsibilities centering on maintaining and improving the NOAO observing facilities. Astronomers here have observatory duties such as developing new instrumentation, serving on telescope allocation committees, and supporting archives of data from NOAO instruments. Reviewing articles submitted for publication in professional journals, and proposals for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs are expected.

What skills or personal qualities should I have to become an Astronomer?

An astronomer must...

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