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There are about 2,000 astronomers employed in the United States. About 40 percent work for colleges, universities, and professional schools, while 23 percent work for the federal government, with the majority employed by the U.S. Department of Defense (especially at the U.S Naval Observatory and the Naval Research Laboratory). Others work for NASA, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, and Energy.

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