risk level
Based on 389 votes
by year 2032
or $61.69 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

10% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Persuasion

User poll

29% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 10% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Astronomers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Astronomers' job openings is expected to rise 5.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Astronomers' was $128,330, or $61 per hour

'Astronomers' were paid 177.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 2,160 people employed as 'Astronomers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 68 thousand people are employed as 'Astronomers'.

Job description

Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

SOC Code: 19-2011.00


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Good Cheeez (No chance) says
because people have to do the math and learn for missions to be successfull
May 13, 2024 at 04:17 PM
nany (No chance) says
Astronomy required thinking skills and development of news ideas based on the provided data, which cant be controlled by AI itself. Without a human aid it cant be possible

Feb 22, 2024 at 12:19 PM
ryyyyeeadsffdfgn (No chance) says
because it can never think extremely logical and debate.
Nov 08, 2023 at 02:33 PM
Jonny (Moderate) says
Eventually, it will replace astronomers. As an Astronomer, I hope it takes our job. Because we only stack here with 5% of the universe other 95% of the universe is untouched or undiscovered; besides, Astronomy is nothing without AI or ML. It is nearly dying like physics.
Sep 13, 2021 at 02:38 PM
Mansi (Low) says
Astronomy is the way of living, in my perspective robots or AI could be very useful for exploring the cosmos but the everlasting curiosity will remained in the human.
May 05, 2021 at 05:10 AM
tammy says
Robots will do the analysis, but humans will still be needed to draw wildly speculative conclusions.
Mar 19, 2021 at 03:59 AM
Jessica Tsao (Low) says
This job involves numbers and observing the cosmos, and the latter is neither outsourceable nor capable of being done by robots, since the study of the universe still requires an actual human individual to do the job.
Dec 07, 2020 at 04:27 AM
Faisal Ali says
This is impossible to happen cause todays AI technology is still developing but when a human being
looks at the sky through a telescope their curious enough to know the ''wonders'' of the universe!

But because were just doing that were developing excellent technologies to other planets to discover
the ''wonders'' of the universe. Robots like AI rover or ''curiosity'' are developed currently and sent to planets
in our universe in order to find the unanswered questions of the universe. Things scientists still don't know the
answer too. On the other hand astronomers won't get replaced by robot's, and that's because we humans need
to discover the universe and learn things that mankind always wanted to know when there wasn't a possibility of
enough technology to help us know and even human curiosity is so hard to kill.

In this field of knowledge I think we only need the technology to help us determine something we don't know and even great advances to just make this field ''astronomy'' better than it was in the past. But as humans we're very curious for learning and discovering ''we're curious beings'' which means you can't just let us down.
Oct 12, 2020 at 03:01 AM
Killbayne says
We need robots to automatically stack pictures
Jun 19, 2020 at 06:51 PM
Purple (Low) says
I think we will be safe
Oct 29, 2019 at 02:09 PM
You can even search up the definition of "astronomers" and find out why it's literally impossible for it to happen.
Oct 14, 2019 at 01:03 PM
Murat Ergin (Highly likely) says
Sense of humor is important.
Jul 17, 2019 at 07:09 AM

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