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What does it take to become a scientist and an astronomer ? Answered

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kelseymh (author)2012-01-03

Well, let's see. I took every math and science course I could in high school, including commuting to my local community college for calculus. I spent four years at UCLA to get a bachelor of science degree in physics. Then I went to Caltech, where it took me eight years to get a Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics. Then I had two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.

So...eighteen years of post-elementary education. Have fun!

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tragicallyhip (author)kelseymh2012-01-04

I can only assume that 18 years of schooling would come with18 years of accumulated debt?. For aspiring astronomers, calculating the cost/benefit ratio would be their first priority because like it or not we live in a eat what you hunt world and and it doesn't sound like this career path would leave them with enough left over to hunt.
Tragic

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kelseymh (author)tragicallyhip2012-01-04

Steve is correct. I was paid a stipend in graduate school and as a post-doctoral fellow. My undergraduate work was at UCLA, a state-supported school, so my tuition was minimal. I went to a public high school.

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Gopal Dey (author)kelseymh2012-01-05

but im in india.. thrs no such college or university here.. im studying diploma in mechanical engg, n hope to do higher studies in physics n maths....... do u thnk it wil help me to achieve my aim in life of becoming a scientist ?

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kelseymh (author)Gopal Dey2012-01-05

There are many excellent universities in India with programs in various scientific fields, including chemistry, physics, and biology. You should be talking to your guidance or placement couselors at your current school about what you need to do.

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10 years of that he got paid I think - well, UK Phd's get paid, and post-docs certainly do.

Steve

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Gopal Dey (author)kelseymh2012-01-05

so wht wrk do u do nw ?
hw much is ur wage ?

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kelseymh (author)Gopal Dey2012-01-05

I work with whole words and complete sentences.

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Gopal Dey (author)kelseymh2012-01-05

thanx fr helping me out..

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bestowingBest Answer (author)2012-01-04

Wellll.... are you foreign? It seems these days if you're not working on a visa in the science industry, it's really hard to get a job. I was a contract scientist for 5 years before finally giving up hope of getting a permanent job. Now I'm a legal secretary :( But don't give up hope! If you really like the sciences, I would suggest really beefing up your math skills if you want to do anything other than in the biology-related field. You can be an entry level scientist on just a bachelor's degree. I would say get a 4-year degree, get a job, then whatever job you get might even offer tuition reimbursement to get higher degrees. You can teach community college with a masters, regular college with a PhD (among other things other than teaching ha)- or be a bench jockey with a Bachelors :) Keep in mind, the more specialized you become (i.e. the more education you get), the harder it is to find something in your specialization- and the more debt you accumulate. Like I said though, some companies offer tuition reimbursement. BUT if you work for a University full time after getting a Bachelor's, extended eductaion is usually free! Can't beat that! Plus, you can learn all the cool experimental stuff that hasn't hit the mainstream yet!

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thematthatter (author)2012-01-05

Check out NASA, they have federal as well as military jobs that you can do to become a "scientist"

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steveastrouk (author)2012-01-04

Sad to say it, but AFAIK, astrophysics grads have THE highest unemployment rate in the physical sciences.

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Re-design (author)steveastrouk2012-01-04

That's why I suggested being and engineer.

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steveastrouk (author)Re-design2012-01-05

I love being an engineer.

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Re-design (author)2012-01-04

It depends on what you consider a scientist. I have several friends who are engineers and I consider them scientists in the aircraft field. They only have Bach. degrees.

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lemonie (author)2012-01-04

Have you got any ideas?

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iproberry1 (author)2012-01-04

in short:a lot of work and training

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rickharris (author)2012-01-04

Guts, talent and determination! Oh and Hard work.

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Kiteman (author)rickharris2012-01-04

... a telescope might help as well.

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Jayefuu (author)rickharris2012-01-04

Worth it if you have fun :D

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