Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
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Overall employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Physicists are projected to have employment growth in the scientific research and development services, educational services, and healthcare and social assistance industries. But the fast growth will result in only about 1,800 new jobs over the decade. Federal spending is the primary source of physics- and astronomy-related research funds, especially for basic research. Growth in the federal government’s spending for research in physics and astronomy is expected to be largely flat, and this will dampen the need for physicists and astronomers at institutions that depend heavily on such funding.Read More
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