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Education and Training

Students interested in a career in astronomy must be prepared to work hard for a number of years during their training. The average Ph.D. takes approximately seven years to earn, and a Ph.D. is required for those interested in doing research. During their education, students pursuing doctoral degrees in astronomy take approximately twenty physics courses and a similar number of courses in mathematics. Those who enjoy science and problem solving will enjoy much of this, although it is challenging work. As early as possible, it is important for students to gain research experience. Most scientists find research much more interesting than class work. Nowadays many national observatories and universities offer research experience for undergraduates, an opportunity that should be taken advantage of when one is still in college. This kind of "internship" is the best way for students to determine whether they...

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