We surveyed 714 astronomers to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Astronomers are investigative and artistic

Astronomers tend to be predominantly investigative individuals, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that often like to spend time alone with their thoughts. They also tend to be artistic, meaning that they are creative and original and work well in a setting that allows for self-expression.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be an astronomer. However, if you are enterprising, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average astronomer break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of astronomers are social responsibility and agreeableness

Astronomers score highly on social responsibility, indicating that they desire fair outcomes and have a general concern for others. They also tend to be high on the measure of agreeableness, meaning that they are very sensitive to the needs of others and value harmony within a group.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average astronomer: