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How can I get a job in the Space industry?

asked 2016-08-28 13:52:39 -0600

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I have technical qualifications - how can I get a job in the Space industry?

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answered 2016-08-28 14:04:24 -0600

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updated 2016-08-28 16:38:34 -0600

Almost all jobs in the Space industry require a bachelor's degree in an engineering or scientific discipline although support functions for business and sales aspects may allow you to enter the industry in another way. There are also jobs for technicians who do not have bachelor's degrees but typically a technical background such as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license is preferred. Other areas such as composites materials fabrication, 3D printing of metals, electronics, software, non-destructive evaluation, quality control and safety are also areas where technicians and engineers are sought.

One good link is the International Space University Job Center: also has space systems engineers and other postings.

JPL has used

Specialty sites are:

Using to network and attending space conferences is a great way to make connections that could lead to a job.

Most jobs in the space industry are with private contractors since NASA typically awards contracts as required by federal law. Ratios of NASA to contractors in government run programs are typically 1 NASA to 3 or 4 Contractors.
Only US citizens may apply for NASA jobs and they can do so at:

One good way of joining NASA is to become a pathways intern while studying for your degree.

Good luck!

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