I would like to take up Astronomy as a career

Artist's representation of the solar system

I would like to take up Astronomy as a career. What should I do after doing PCMB after Std X? How many years of study will I have to undergo and what is the cost involved?
James D’Souza (15) / Mumbai

Astronomers use the principles of physics and mathematics to answer questions about the fundamental nature of the universe, including the sun, moon, planets, stars, and galaxies. Since most of the work is related to Research & Development, it’s always better to pursue a doctorate degree (Ph.D.). So after10+2 with Mathematics and Physics, do graduation honours in Physics, followed by post-graduation in Astronomy or Physics. Adding all these together, you would require seven years of study after Class X. Thereafter, you pursue Ph.D., which may be done along with work. Cost is not much as compared to other professional courses. Graduation and post-graduation fees in the universities is only a few thousands.

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.