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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for biochemists and biophysicists (job categories in which astrobiologists can be classified) will grow much faster than the average for all careers through 2020. Despite this prediction, it is important to remember that astrobiology is still a very small field. Competition will be stiff for top positions. For example, Ph.D.'s looking for research positions will find strong competition for a limited number of openings. In addition, certain government jobs as well as government funding for research may also be less plentiful. A recession or shift in political power can cause the loss of funding for grants and the decline of research and development endeavors.
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