Last month, we looked at where people with a bachelor’s degree in astronomy work. Almost all who were working in the private sector were satisfied with the employment they held. Ninety-two percent of those working in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field indicated they were satisfied with the position they held, compared to 84% of those who held non-STEM positions.

Recall from last month’s column that almost one-fifth of the astronomy bachelors entering the workforce found jobs at colleges and universities. Of these, over half reported that they were working in the fields of physics or astronomy. Some worked at the institution’s observatory. Most the bachelors working at colleges and universities had job titles like “research assistant.” Over half did not consider their employment to be long term, indicating they had plans to enroll in a graduate program within a year, and almost 90% planned to enroll within...

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