Question: I have an Interview to ask!! Is for a school project!! – Melarie
Q: What is your name?
A: Jeff Mangum
Q: What is your job title?
A: Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Q: What is your upcoming salary?
A: The best answer I can give to this question is that astronomers don’t make high salaries, but generally make enough to get by.
Q: How many years it took you to finish your university [education]?
A: I spent 4 years studying physics and astronomy at the University of California Berkeley as an undergraduate, then 5 years studying astronomy at the University of Virginia as a graduate student.
Q: Do you like or dislike your job?
A: I like the freedom to work on a variety of interesting astrophysical problems.
Q: Was it hard to get your job?
A: Permanent positions in astronomy are very competitive, so I would say yes, it is hard to get a permanent job in astronomy.
Q: What university did you study in?
A: As I mentioned above, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Virginia.
Q: How many years you have been working on this job?
Q: Do you enjoy your job? Why?
A: Most of the time. I enjoy doing research, working with students, and interacting with the general public through media such as this blog!
Q: How many hours do you spend working?
A: Most of my days are quite long. 10-12 hours each day.
Q: When do you have free time?
A: I do find time to relax on occasion. Weekends tend to be days when I do some other things besides work.
I hope that my answers have sufficiently addressed your questions. If you have further questions about careers in the sciences, or my career as an astronomer, please do let me know.