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Andromeda321
2004-Aug-27, 12:53 AM
I'm writing an article and I'm wondering if the younger crowd on this board could help me out a bit. In short, when it finally comes time for you to get a job, are you planning on doing anything in astronomy? I'm just curious as to how many kids who are very interested in the topic right now also plan on doing it professionally. Thanks. :)

SpaceTrekkie
2004-Aug-27, 01:02 AM
OK, When I grow up i plan on being an astronaut. What i want to study in college is Astrophysics and Aeronautical Engineering.

Brady Yoon
2004-Aug-27, 01:06 AM
Yes. It's either astronomy or medicine I want to go in.

Humphrey
2004-Aug-27, 01:11 AM
What do you define kid?

My special lady always says i have the mind of a 4 year old! :-P

The Supreme Canuck
2004-Aug-27, 02:16 AM
Not me. I'm going into law and then maybe politics. Once I'm there, I'll be able to fix education, the AECL, the NRC, the CSA and many other scientific/research organizations. Not to mention all that other mildly important national security/civil service stuff. :wink:

Ut
2004-Aug-27, 03:02 AM
I don't care if I have to teach it in high school; my job will include astronomy.

Normandy6644
2004-Aug-27, 03:31 AM
Most definitely. The cool thing is that here the total number of astronomy undergrads is so small, you can pretty much get research spots with anyone you want. Quantum gravity here I come! :lol:

Harvestar
2004-Aug-27, 04:45 AM
I also know older people (~40) who went back to school to get astronomy degrees.

Just sayin' it's not just the younger ones. :) (though that's probably not what you're studying)

I suppose, being in grad school, that I'm too old for the survey? ;)

dvb
2004-Aug-27, 06:29 AM
Not me. I'm going into law and then maybe politics. Once I'm there, I'll be able to fix education, the AECL, the NRC, the CSA and many other scientific/research organizations. Not to mention all that other mildly important national security/civil service stuff. :wink:

Yay! :D

Excelsior
2004-Aug-27, 12:19 PM
I will become a computer scientist. Maybe I can do astronomy related work if I am able to join NASA.

stu
2004-Aug-27, 03:57 PM
I'm not sure if I count, either, being 21 and a senior in college. Maybe she means by young that we don't have a "professional" job yet?

Anyhoo, I plan on doing astronomy, though I'm not sure in what way. For the last few years, I figured I'd probably end up at some university doing research and teaching. However, lateley with my interest in solar stuff, I'm thinking one of the national labs (USA) might be where I end up. When I mentioned this to my dad, he said that for the last five years he's figured I'd end up working on secret stuff for the government. Afterall, solar research is really important for communications, satellites, etc.

The Supreme Canuck
2004-Aug-27, 04:46 PM
Not me. I'm going into law and then maybe politics. Once I'm there, I'll be able to fix education, the AECL, the NRC, the CSA and many other scientific/research organizations. Not to mention all that other mildly important national security/civil service stuff. :wink:

Yay! :D

Well, that's one vote! :P

Tranquility
2004-Aug-27, 04:51 PM
Not exactly. It depends actually. I want to do undergraduate computer engineering, then masters in aerospace engineering. Whichever one works out and gets me a good job so I can spend my last 10 years on the Cayman Islands :D .

Master258
2004-Aug-27, 09:50 PM
You should add a maybe. I want to become a author but it could be related. Either that or a famous songwriter.

Harvestar
2004-Aug-27, 10:32 PM
I'm not sure if I count, either, being 21 and a senior in college. Maybe she means by young that we don't have a "professional" job yet?

Anyhoo, I plan on doing astronomy, though I'm not sure in what way. For the last few years, I figured I'd probably end up at some university doing research and teaching. However, lateley with my interest in solar stuff, I'm thinking one of the national labs (USA) might be where I end up. When I mentioned this to my dad, he said that for the last five years he's figured I'd end up working on secret stuff for the government. Afterall, solar research is really important for communications, satellites, etc.

Hey, my boyfriend is going to be working at Los Alamos starting in Feb. He does stellar simulations and there's a big group there working on such things and other stuff like supernovae. One of our friends (who just defended her thesis yesterday) has a similar position there. :) Staff positions there often get to test the codes they use in bomb research by using them for simulating stars.

Andromeda321
2004-Aug-27, 11:04 PM
Clarification: I said the "younger person" part to imply people who are not yet working in a set profession. I also said younger because the article I'm writing is focusing more on the younger generation then the older so even though I know people go back to school in astronomy late in life they're not really the crowd I'm focusing on.
Oh, and I tried adding a "maybe" but it didn't follow through it looks like... :-?

Jorge
2004-Aug-27, 11:25 PM
I'm very interested in astronomy and love to do something in that aria later but i can't, I'm going to BSO, so that means i can't even do uni or colledge. So i want to but can't.

AZgazer
2004-Aug-28, 02:28 AM
Not young per se (33), but am pursuing a degree in Physics and then a MS in Astronomy with which I intend to teach at a CC.

(Irking, but amusing story. I do my Math HW in the Peer Tutor Lab. 2 main reasons, it's quiet and if I come across something that seems fuzzy I can ask someone. Well, I have been called 'Sir' 4x in 3 days of going there! It's driving me mad, the Tutors who have done this have been Non-Americans and are being extremely polite, however I just want to scream!!!!)

skeptED56
2004-Aug-28, 03:14 AM
Yes.

Normandy6644
2004-Aug-28, 04:11 AM
Yes.

Well jeeze we don't need to hear your life story. :D

hippietrekx
2004-Aug-28, 04:33 AM
well, I do plan on being an astronomer. I jsut got in from outside with my telescope because the sky clouded over. Astronmy is growing profession that deeply intrigues me. I wish to make trips to the southern hemisphere and equator one day to get a differetn vantage point of the sky. I love to crunch numbers, analyze data, just ogle at the sky so I am thinking about going into astrophysics. I am currently 15 and in Grade 10. I am taking Algebra II (highest math class my school offers for grade 10) and Chemistry (highest science class my scholl offers for grade 10). I plan on taking Earth Science (volcanoes, continental drift, basic space knowlede) summer school classes this upcoming summer. This is a lower level class, but the concept will do me good later. It will also be a breeze for me because I love all the stuff involved with the Earth Science course, and have most committed to memory already.

I come from a small high school. total, we only have 212 students across grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. Classes are limited, but i will go into the Advanced Placement classes Seinor year to earn credits (up to a semester) for college.

If I sound arrogant in acheving these goals I have set for school (yes, I know AP classes are hard, and that having 3 at once will make me have tons of studying!), I don't mean to be. I am ranked second in my class, only due to the fact that number one took Gym as a summer school class. We have the same Grade Point Avarages, but he has .5 more credits than I.

ok... now then, If I am for soem odd reason unable to go into Astronomy, My second pick would be genetics. From crap that needs a telescope to somethign that needs an electron microscope... gee, isn't that just far out on either end of the spectrum? oddly enough, I'm a major fan of both X-men and Star Trek too...

ok, well If you need soem general information on me for your article or something a quick overview...

Age: 15
Location: USA
Gender: Female
Future in Astronomy?: yes
Grade: Ten
Other info: yeah right, Like I'll give it to you! your whole "article" could be a ploy to... to... stalk me! Stalker!

--hippietrekx

P.S. gee... lighten up aobut the stalker thing... it was jsut a joke!

Andromeda321
2004-Aug-28, 05:45 AM
Hey hippietrekx, and welcome to the board! :D
Word of advice: don't think you're sounding arrogant for stating what you want to do as it's not your fault if most of our generation doesn't want to do APs. You're only truly arrogant if you maliciously rub your talents into other people's faces. Least, that's how I've percieved it...

electromagneticpulse
2004-Aug-28, 10:58 PM
I would be interested in taking astronomy but so far im going for physics.
16, male, England and im starting my A levels which for many people on this board means nothing but is basicly like going to college to study but with better learning. I have one problem in my learning which is me emigrating to canada after my A levels so i'm going to have to apply to the university of ontario which is supposed to have a great physics department. Later i may take on astronomy.

§rv
2004-Aug-29, 12:04 AM
I plan to go either astronomy or medicine like Brady Yoon. Everyone is pushing me towards medicine but I can't quite make up my mind.
electromagneticpulse I myself have to write A levels (if the government doesn't change it) but in 3 yrs time as I'm 15 and now writing my O levels (CXC). What I would like to know are the subjects necessary in A levels to pursue astronomy. Physics, Maths and Further Maths? Or do I need Chemistry as well?

electromagneticpulse
2004-Aug-29, 12:16 AM
O levels? they no longer exist, i've just done my GCSE's and am joining a 6th form for my A levels.
But i dont think you need chemisty to do astronomy but you will need it for medicine.

Tranquility
2004-Aug-29, 12:24 AM
electromagneticpulse I myself have to write A levels (if the government doesn't change it) but in 3 yrs time as I'm 15 and now writing my O levels (CXC). What I would like to know are the subjects necessary in A levels to pursue astronomy. Physics, Maths and Further Maths? Or do I need Chemistry as well?

I don't think you're required to take chemistry, just maths and physics. But the thing is, to have a proper astrophysics background you need to choose astrophysics as an in depth subject in A levels. Let me explain.
What we did in A level physics was you basically took 6 physics units, each one of them dealing with a different subtopic within physics. Like there is a unit for mechanics, a unit for waves and harmonic motion, electricity and magnetism, etc. There are also a couple of units whose subjects you get to choose. I don't remember all the topics offered, but I remember there was astrophysics, nuclear physics, medical physics, solid materials.

Our professor actually took a vote to decide on what subjects the class was to choose. Because she was specialised in teaching solid materials, she kept singing the benefits of taking that unit, and most of the ppl in my class agreed with her. She basically said that you could do a different subject matter if you wanted, just that you would have to do it largely independently (not on class time), because she was the one who was going to choose the subject and she was going to base it on the majority's choice, but you still had the option to do it otherwise, but on your own with assistance from the professor if you requested it.

EDIT: Forgot to add that you DO get some astrophysics course material in one of the other units, I think it was part of the electromagnetic waves unit, it's usually basic stuff that anybody who is interested in astronomy knows beforehand. But the astrophysics unit was much more specialised.

electromagneticpulse
2004-Aug-29, 12:36 AM
i was talking of a medical degree not medical physics degree. I meant for nursing but i think a chemistry A level would help in any job you want, employers like english maths and science GCSE's and A levels... and how fate has panned out i am doing all 3 aswell as psychology which they also like. dumb fate :cry:

§rv
2004-Aug-29, 12:44 AM
O levels no longer exist? Wow, I didn't know that.... I'm writing CXC exams (Caribbean Examination Council exams) which replaced O levels.
My physics teacher explained that we get the option to choose what units we want to do in A levels. I suppose that even if I do astrophysics and nuclear physics it wouldn't matter if I decided to go into medicine after because it's the overall physics grade that counts.

Tranquility
2004-Aug-29, 12:51 AM
My physics teacher explained that we get the option to choose what units we want to do in A levels. I suppose that even if I do astrophysics and nuclear physics it wouldn't matter if I decided to go into medicine after because it's the overall physics grade that counts.

That's true. They don't actually look at what specific units you took, just your final grade. But doing something like astrophysics if you want to be an astronomy major can give you a really solid background.

OTOH if you want to medicine you have to do chemistry. Actually when I was researching for university prerequisites in universities around the world, often the pre-requisites for medicine were Chemistry, Physics, AND Maths. That's 3 A level subjects if you want to do medicine in a reputable university.

§rv
2004-Aug-29, 01:02 AM
Funny, those are the 3 subjects I was planning to do. My cousin was telling me that some years ago zoology was a requirement for medicine which was replaced by biology but now neither is. I find that strange as biology and medicine seem to be closely linked. Any idea why that happened?

Tranquility
2004-Aug-29, 01:09 AM
Last time I checked biology wasn't a requirement for medicine in most universities. It is weird, but if you look at biology courses in A level they seem to be more focused on ecology, and it seems to be leaning more towards an environmental sciences course. I had some mates who were doing A level biology because they were Egyptians and they wanted to go back to study it in Egypt, and A level biology is a requirement in Egypt for medicine, and it surprised me how much ecology stuff they were doing.

electromagneticpulse
2004-Aug-29, 01:56 AM
Chemisty is needed because of the medicines used, to become a pharmicist of a pharmacologist (the ones that work in hospitals) you need to be able to work out the CC's someone needs and be able to understand what drug it is just from the chemical name.
I was thinking of becoming something in health care but oh well im becoming a phsyisist... what a shame :D

mickal555
2005-Jan-23, 01:21 PM
I want to be an astronomer. but I"m worried about avalible jobs and/or if there is a possibility of a job weather I would have enough money to support myself (I don't think astronomers make alot of money...).

Gullible Jones
2005-Jan-23, 11:55 PM
Yep.

But then again, I want to study... well, everything.

sarongsong
2005-Jan-24, 11:53 AM
The NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005/jan/HQ_05020_sharp.html) Silver Anniversary.

Normandy6644
2005-Jan-26, 01:28 AM
I want to be an astronomer. but I"m worried about avalible jobs and/or if there is a possibility of a job weather I would have enough money to support myself (I don't think astronomers make alot of money...).

It depends on how good you are. :wink: