Jobs for astronomers are located around the world, with the majority of opportunities held at universities and research facilities. The industry tends to be highly competitive, with about 150 job openings in North America each year.
Astronomers focus on studying the stars and the universe. There are opportunities for them to work in the private sector. However, only approximately 10 percent of the jobs within the field are in this area. Many companies, particularly those in the aerospace industry, will hire astronomers for research purposes as they believe that it will help them gain a competitive advantage within their industry. There are also opportunities for astronomers to work in museums, planetariums, and public service positions.