We as astronomers are here simply to explore the expansive universe. We find out more about how planets, stars, black holes, comets, stars, and many other things work. We use a large variety of math, science, and technology skills to expand our knowledge even further. We always hope to find something that will make life here better.
We expect you to know how to use a computer. Almost all data is in digital form. You will be spending a lot of time in front of a computer. You will design and build instruments to fly, then experiment with them and see how they work and if you have learned anything. There can be travel, going to different observation sites or meeting up with other astronomers. It's quite a lot of responsibility.
Education: A Ph.D or higher in Math, Science, and Physics. This requires at least 5 to 6 years of college.
Skills with technology: Knowledge of many different pieces of equipment like telescopes, computers, data collecting and model making softwares, and possibly new technology being developed.
Abilities: Able to use a computer, open to new ideas and technology, and able to collect and sort data quickly and efficiently.
Characteristics: We need people who have good powers of observation, able to work in a team, able to sit still for long periods of time, and most importantly, patient.