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a methodical and logical approach to work the ability to analyse problems, work with abstract ideas and do complex calculationsthe ability to produce scientific reports for publication and present your research findings strong IT skillsAstronomy is divided into observational astronomy and theoretical astronomy. In observational astronomy, your duties might include:collecting data from satellites and spacecraft using radio and optical telescopesdeveloping new instrumentation and maintaining existing equipmentdeveloping software to interpret the images captured by satellitesanalysing data and testing theories In theoretical astronomy, your duties might include:creating complex computer models to develop theories on the physical processes happening in spaceanalysing the results of past observations to develop new predictionsmaking observations and testing theoriesanalysing data to help develop our understanding of events in the universe You’ll keep up to date with developments in your area of interest by going to meetings and conferences, carrying out research, writing reports and presenting your findings.

As well as working in laboratories and observatories, you might also work in a museum, planetarium, or university. SalaryExperienced: £29,000 to £36,000Highly Experienced: £60,000These figures are a guide. Working hours, patterns and environment You may need to work long and irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and nights, Your work is likely to include frequent travel to meetings and conferences. You’ll often need to visit observatories in the UK and overseas.

Career path and progression With experience, you could move into related careers like aerospace or satellite research and development.

You could also use your skills in systems analysis, software engineering, teaching, scientific journalism or accountancy.