How much does it cost to become an astronomer?

To work as an astronomer, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in physics or astronomy (some schools offer a astrophysics degree concentration), along with several years of specialist study.

The cost of a university education varies tremendously, from approximately $8.000 to upwards of $45.000 per year (and more). The expense is determined by a variety of criteria, including the books, materials, and housing charges (which are not included).

The majority of employers would expect you to have a master’s degree in astronomy or physics (between $30.000 and $120.000) or a doctorate degree (around $30.000 per year).

A Ph.D. is a must if you want to teach or conduct independent research.