What people that now work in Astronomy have to say about their experiences.
What is your current job?
murison: Astronomer (at a U.S. gov't facility)
What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
murison: Quite satisfied. I can hardly think of another place I would rather be at.
What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
murison: Same as any other astronomical job, academic or otherwise.
What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
murison: I wouldn't call it training, because it was not formal in the least, but learning instrument development and analysis was essential to my current position. Coming from a background in celestial mechanics, that was quite a switch. If I can do it, you can, too.
What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
murison: Ph.D. student. Then soft money at CfA for a number of years.