Astrobiologist Examines Rock

Astrobiologists, also known as exobiologists, life scientists, and space scientists, study the origin of all life forms—from a simple one-celled organism, to plants, to human beings. They study and research the evolution, distribution, and future of these life forms, on Earth as well as on other planets in our solar system and beyond. Many astrobiologists are employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other government-funded agencies. They are also employed at private research institutions and colleges and universities.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Exobiologists, Life Scientists, Space Scientists
Duties Study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of all life forms on Earth and throughout the universe
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Computer
  • Scientific
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Project Chief or Professor
  • Experienced Astrobiologist
  • Entry-Level Astrobiologist