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Employment opportunities in astronomy are steadily increasing as scientists and technologists continually discover new ways of probing the cosmos and consortia of countries collaborate in major international projects.

Astronomy graduates are not restricted to studying heavenly bodies, as their physics, mathematical and computational knowledge and skills, and ability to deal with very difficult concepts, make them readily employable in many other areas of science, business and technology.

Astronomers are already employed in areas that utilise high performance computational techniques, such as meteorological and climate study centres, and financial institutions, while those with digital imaging processing skills are increasingly finding scope in disciplines which use these techniques.

Students concerned about studying in such a narrow field should consider that the complex skills you learn during an astronomy degree are very widely marketable in other sciences and areas such as IT, business and finance.

In addition many astronomical observatories are located all over the world and this degree should suit graduates who wish to travel and live abroad. Graduates are able to work almost anywhere in the world.