In past, if you looked up into the sky, you were an astronomer. But everything has gotten so complicated. Now we have astrophysicists, and cosmologists, planetary geologists, and even exobiologists. Who does what, and how do they all interact with one another. If you want to go into space research as a career, which one should you choose?
Just a couple of shows ago, we showed you how to get a career in astronomy
. Now that you've got your career in astronomy, obviously the next goal is to win a Nobel prize. We're here at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, which is just one tiny step that a person has to take before you get that Nobel prize. Before you get that call in the middle of the night from Sweden, you're going to need to come with an idea, do some experiments, write a paper, get published and a bunch of other stuff. This week, we'll tell you all about it.
Episode 70: How to Win a Nobel Prize (13.9MB)
With all the enthusiasm thatâ€™s being generated with astronomy, itâ€™s had a bit of a strange side-effect. Weâ€™ve been causing some of our listeners to have midlife crises about their careers. Weâ€™ve had other people who just want advice â€“ theyâ€™re moving into college for the first time and they want to direct the courses theyâ€™re going to be taking into astronomy. Some other people already have skills that are very useful and have wondered how they can help up or even change their career to be working in the field. We thought weâ€™d try and answer everyoneâ€™s questions all at once and just run through the major career paths you can take that relate to astronomy and space, and the kinds of things youâ€™ll need to do to actually make yourself a good candidate for that field.
Episode 67: Building a Career in Astronomy (16.9MB)