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ASTROPHYSICIST: I Get Paid To Study The Universe And How It Works

About this video 

Blake is an Astrophysicist; he shares what a typical day looks like for him, his career path and what he's learned about his field. His passion for Physics started when he was a kid reading science books. His career is very rewarding, very competitive and lots of fun. His advice for those wanting to follow in his care: take as many Physics and Astronomy classes as you can.

Degree: Physics
Job Title: Research Fellow Cosmology
Employer: University of California Berkeley

Job Summary: Astronomers

Job Description

Physicists and astronomers study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods, and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications.

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Additional Info

Many physics and astronomy Ph.D. holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position, which typically lasts 2 to 3 years. During their postdoctoral appointment, they work with experienced scientists as they continue to learn about their specialties or develop a broader understanding of related areas of research.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Physically demanding, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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