While reading through our daily postings of new astronomy articles, I ran across this article describing the steps needed to become a professional astronomer. The article was written by Duncan Forbes, a professor of astronomy at Swinburne University in Australia, though the advice is just as relevant here in the U.S. The article will appear in Mercury Magazine, the magazine of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
This is a well-written and accurate article, with the caveat that it is written for people wanting to become a professional research astronomer. There are many other astronomy-related jobs that you can get via alternate career paths.