How can I become an astronomer?

To become an astronomer, you should start by learning what you can about astronomy. Try reading books, visiting educational websites, and watching educational programs about space. In high school, you will need to take as many math and science courses as you can. Try to find the time to really understand what you are learning instead of just memorizing things for a test. It is useful to be good at writing and speaking because astronomers need to be able to write up their findings and present them. It is also a good idea to join an amateur astronomical society so you can learn about the night sky and telescopes and meet other people who are interested in space. Astronomers also need to know how to work on a computer, including programming languages. In college, you should major in physics or astronomy and then go on to a good astronomy graduate school to finish your formal education. After this you can get a job at a university, a space agency like NASA, or at an observatory. Many astronomers teach as well as do research. To learn more about becoming an astronomer and what an astronomer does visit the following web site: http://www.aas.org/education/publications/careerbrochure.html