An astronomer is a scientist who studies celestial bodies such as moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies.

An astronomer involved in research work or teaching as an assistant ­professor at a reputed college or ­university can earn Rs 50,000 per month at the entry level. The ­remuneration can further increase with experience and seniority.

* Advanced knowledge of Physics and Applied Mathematics
* Ability to handle large sets of data with the help of computer/­computer programming is required
* Knowledge of computer ­simulation/image processing for analysing data

Getting there

Take Physics, Chemistry and Maths as main subjects in Class 12. Depending on one’s choice of field, one can either opt for Observational Astronomy or Theoretical Astronomy. Do a postgraduation course in ­Physics/Astronomy/Astrophysics. After this, you will be eligible to do a PhD, which is a basic requirement for doing research work. Those who are interested in Theoretical ­Astronomy need to pursue a career in science stream after Class 12. One can go for an honours degree in Physics with Mathematics as a ­subsidiary subject. Thereafter, one can get a postgraduate degree in Physics or Astronomy, followed by a specialisation in Astronomy