Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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So you want to be an Astronomer

Astronomers, are those who make observations, examine reams of data, and help inform scientific theories to enhance our understanding of the universe.

Astronomers may choose an area of specialisation, because space is so vast. Some astronomers may choose to focus on black holes, for example, while others may specifically study planets. Their work may often involve working at night – when conditions are better for observing space – and they can work with ground-based equipment (such as optical telescopes) and equipment in space (such as the Hubble space telescope).

Some astronomers use their expertise to develop new devices and practical applications, as well. Therefore, their employers can consist of colleges, universities and the federal government. In general, astronomers work in an office and/or observatories. They will have a solid background in maths or physics.

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