Guide to Space Careers
Guide to Space Careers
A manual for finding work out there to support yourself, your family and have a heavenly good time.
Employment on the High Frontier has got to be the greatest thrill ride ever. Having fun and they are paying you to have fun? It does not get any better than this!
Editor's Note-- Until now, this lens has just been for adults in mid-career but now I am adding sections for older workers seeking a second career in space and children doing more than dreaming about working in space -- they are preparing for it. I also added a section for particularly disadvantaged minorities such as Native Americans. Women-owned space companies and Hispanic-owned space companies are fairly common but even aside from them, I have not heard of grievous discrimination in NewSpace companies. Therefore, I have no plans to add a women's or Hispanic section.
Aerospace, on the other hand, is still an old boys network, which you would kind of expect in an industry devoted to military systems designed to kill humans. African-American or black owned space companies are rare but they do exist. Therefore I plan to concentrate on hunting for Native-American space opportunities since in my humble opinion, they would most benefit from a friendly helping hand.
Seniors are over-represented at NASA while young people are over-represented at NewSpace companies. Some faces at NewSpace companies are not out of their teens. NewSpace is also quite welcoming to people with gray hair who have good ideas.
Things are easing up a bit on the whole foreign national right to work front. Americans work overseas at space companies and non-Americans work at American space companies. Expect it to hit the fan though if a Chinese spy is ever caught stealing American space technology.
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space jobs and space employment
almost 69 percent is commercial (nongovernmental)
Generally, when you bring up the subject of space jobs, people immediately think of Florida, and maybe Houston. Engineers think of Huntsville Alabama. But pickings are slim along the Florida Space Coast near Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center and -- let's face it -- NASA is really a jobs program for people who cannot find honest work. I love space. Look at my lenses if you doubt that but NASA would never hire me and wouldn't know how to utilize my talents if their lives depended on it (and they do).
Military people think of Colorado Springs as the place to go because NORAD and Army Space Command and Air Force Space Command were there. Navy Space Command was elsewhere.
Smarter people know that Australia is a place to look for space jobs and the Brits (though they have yet to really get into manned space aside from Sir Richard Branson) also have a keen interest in space. In the UK however, the hot space field is space finance hence London and the Isle of Man are places for financial professionals seeking to cash in on space -- and perhaps justify a few trips to space to look over space investments.
The smartest people know that all those software and internet companies drowning in billions are looking around for new opportunities and that means space. This is why many quiet space projects are headquartered out of Seattle. A well kept secret is that little towns like Redwood California and Mojave California are hotbeds of NewSpace entrepreneurs. Insert sound of cash register.
note the fine print after the asterisk
WTF! Going into space is the only reason people would apply for a job like this.
many space jobs are overseas
space jobs in the UK
Space Job Center
Space Job Center
- Space Job Center
Your new solution for space-employment service, with fresh space jobs that will boost your career to new orbits and beyond.
a lot of women in the space field
Space Job Fairs
- Photo - HSP/Next Step in Space Job Fair - Huntsville Exploring Huntsville | Examiner.com
View a picture of ‘HSP/Next Step in Space Job Fair’ and other Huntsville Exploring Huntsville photos.
- Photo - The rest of the ISDC HSP/Next Step in Space Job Fair Team - Huntsville Exploring Huntsville
View a picture of ‘The rest of the ISDC HSP/Next Step in Space Job Fair Team’ and other Huntsville Exploring Huntsville photos.
- Manpower's Presence in HKU SPACE Job Fair Week on May 27, 2011
By Manpower HK Â· Updated about 10 months ago Â· Taken at HKU SPACE Admiralty Centre
- Space Job Fair
Associate Press: Bob Roscoe, left, president of PPS InfoTech, interviews Doug Selbee at a job fair for space workers and those workers that lost jobs due to the end of the space shuttle program in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (AP Pho
space job hunting books
- Scottish Space School
The Scottish Space School at Strathclyde aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by highlighting the career and educational opportunities available to young people with an interest in science, engineering and technology.
- International Space University
Some of the global space industry's best and brightest emerging minds have been attending
- University of Alabama in Huntsville
school started at the request of Dr. Wernher von Braun
- The University of North Dakota, Space Studies
Space . . . Not Just for Astronauts The UND Master of Science degree in Space Studies is your best choice when preparing for a career in the space industry. Our program is multi-disciplinary and includes disciplines such as planetary science, spa
random listings of space jobs
Editor's notes --
Use the Toni Roman contact hyperlink if you want me to list a career opportunity that my bots and agents have missed. I can input it manually.
- Museum Guide, Education, Temporary - U.S. Space & Rocket Center
space tour guide
- Kentucky Space Employment Opportunity
Space Systems Engineer Kentucky Space LLC (www.kentuckyspace.com), located in Lexington, KY, seeks a full-time Space Systems Engineer to develop, support and integrate a diverse range of scientific experiments, hardware and systems testing and execu
- Huntsville Space Professionals - Employment Opportunities
Honeywell's FM&T facility in Kansas City is about to explode with numerous opportunities across various Engineering domains (Elec, Mech, Indus, Chem, Software) and within all job levels of experience. Due to being a US federal gov't contractor, a
- Space Exploration Technologies Corporation
- Careers at Space Systems/Loral
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) designs and builds satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. With customers such as DIRECTV, Dish Network and Intelsat, SS/L satellites are used for a wide range of services
- Careers - Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Click on the company name to be redirected to their employment webpages.
- Commercial Space Careers
h1. Commercial Space CareersOpportunities for participation in this emerging market are increasingly seen in new entrepreneurial commercial space entities, likely to be seen soon within the traditional space industry, and available now in space c
- Space Careers | LinkedIn
Welcome to the company profile of Space Careers on LinkedIn. Run by space professionals, Space Careers is a highly targeted niche site for engineers and...
- Space Careers
We have over 1500 people working within our space business across Europe (UK, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, France), North America and the Middle East. With support offices in most locations we are able to both employ staff locally
- Planetary Resources The Asteroid Mining Company Careers
We're looking for a few good asteroid miners Planetary Resources is on the lookout for some amazing people. If you are amazing, please continue to read. Here is why joining Planetary Resources will change your life. Editor's Note -- People at this
Editor's Note -- SpaceX has internships but you have to scroll down or search the link above to find them.
- Launch into Aerospace: Internship and Co-op Opportunities
Colleges and Universities with Aerospace Degree Programs, Intern and Co-op Programs, and Scholarship Opportunities. These AIA member companies have Internship, Co-op, and/or Entry-level programs available. Visit the sites to learn more. Editor's Not
- 4Frontiers Corporation - Internships
Internship listing for the 4Frontiers Corporation - 4Frontiers is an emerging space commerce company with unique expertise in Mars settlement design and related technologies. The company has access to a broad array of technical and social science spe
- National Space Society
About the Internship Program NSS conducts a broad array of activities to promote space exploration and development, and thus offers interns the possibility to become involved in an assortment of projects. In an effort to give interns the best possib
- MSGC | Internships at NASA Centers
Editor's Note -- In the current budget cutting season, your best bet may be NASA centers like Jet Propulsion Laboratory that are not totally under the NASA tent. JPL is operated by CalTech and they have deep pockets.
- Blue Origin - Research
Summer Internships In space related research June - August Our facilities in Kent, Washington, and West Texas offer Summer interns excellent test and research opportunities in the fields of mechanical design, aerodynamics, rocket propulsion, flight c
- Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium - Internships at NASA Centers
The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) is part of a national network of Space Grant programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
- JOB: undergraduate internships at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center � Community News � myUMBC
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD (20 minutes south of UMBC), offers a wide array of valuable, paid internships for Undergraduates in the summer. Please see the attached flyers. IMPORTANT NOTE: while the end date for applications
A public listing of available National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) openings.
Careers Landing Page Opportunities Job Information How to Apply SES Opportunities Other Opportunities Working for NASA Where We Work What We Do Types of NASA Jobs Student Opportunities
- Home - International Space University
International Space University
- Aeronautics & Astronautics Home
Stanford's Aero/Astro Department pushes the frontiers of modern science and engineering through teaching and research. editor's note -- Stanford University's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral st
- Florida Space Institute
Programs and Projects Research Areas The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium FSI Space Research Initiative
- National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
Space Grant landing page
- National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
[Faculty and Students Higher Education][Available: Nationally]This program provides NASA funding for space-related research, education and public service projects through a national network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia.
There are dozens of organizations to join.
Useful ones if you are serious about a space career are:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) -- for engineers
American Astronautical Society -- membership looks nice on resume
Space Frontier Foundation -- this is the one to join if you want to actually go yourself rather than send a robot proxy; it is skewed toward people starting the companies that will take you there
Space Angels Network -- this is for financial angels interested in backing space entrepreneurs but they let in venture capitalists and investment bankers [several groups in years past started specifically for space venture capitalists or for space investment bankers went defunct]
International Association of Space Entrepreneurs -- space consultants and others offering services to space entrepreneurs but few or no actual space entrepreneurs themselves
avoid membership in groups set up primarily to be NASA cheer leading squads
Go to LinkedIn, register, join space job groups, and read before you participate so that you will not sound like an idiot. Read some books on space. Take some classes or courses on space. Read my space-related lenses.
- HobbySpace - Classifies - Jobs
NewSpace companies that have indicated on their websites that they are hiring employees for various space development projects:
Native American space opportunities - (and some inspiration and some humor)
Editor's Note -- Since everyone knows that the budget axe falls on programs like these first, I will have to keep looking for more opportunities to replace them as fast as I hear of dead links. I would appreciate any help.
- MSGC | MSI Partnership Development Program
Tribal College Research Program
- MSGC MSI Project Home
The Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) is sponsoring the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Project with Remote Sensing Equipment and Auroa Detectors.
- NASA Native American Space Agency
Editor's Note -- I don't know if this story is true but it is funny as all get out.
- Mississippi Indian Tribe Owns Company Working at Space Center
This is about the high-tech work Choctaw-based Applied Geo Technologies Inc. is doing at Stennis.
- Mary Ross
Biography of the first Native American female engineer. She worked at Lockheed Missile and Space Company.
- First Native American astronaut speaks about time in the Space Shuttle Endeavour - The Michigan Dail
Herrington described the collaborations between the U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts at the space station. "The Russian side feels more like home; you have meals there," Herrington said. "I had Thanksgiving dinner there, and we had pork and eg
- NASA (Native American Space Association) - NASA Videos : Firstpost Topic - Page 10
Launching rockets at New Town High School:
- First Nations Launch - Home
FIRST NATIONS LAUNCH High-Powered Rocket Competitions Welcome! The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, NASA, and the College of Menominee Nation welcomes you to the First Nations Launch website. AISES Competition Tribal College Competition
- First Nations' astronaut inspires students
Chickasaw astronaut inspires students WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2002 The first Native scheduled to go into space visited the Crow Reservation on Tuesday to meet with students. U.S Navy Cmdr. John Herrington, a member of the Chicksaw Nation of Oklahoma
- Native Astronaut | skinnyscronnybrit.com
First Nations astronaut touches down in city.
- South Dakota NASA Space Grant Consortium Creating Bridges in Indian Country
Besides the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, this abstract mentions American Indian Space Days 2005 and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Editor's Note -- Why should you care about the School of Mines and Technology? Space mining
There are two types of careers that you can choose:
1. careers that won't make much of a difference in the vast scheme of things and
2. careers that will make a huge difference.
Careers that will save the planet:
1. environmental police such as the EPA
2. prosecutors who go after major polluters
3. legislators who draft and get passed tougher laws against polluters
4. presidents who will enforce current anti-pollution laws and encourage legislators to pass even tougher laws
5. judges who will show no sympathy and no mercy for polluting companies
Careers that will change the direction of the human race and nudge it toward a supercivilization
1. hyperluminal physicist
2. hyperluminal propulsion engineer
3. hyperluminal propulsion inventor
4. immortality researcher
Careers that will take some of the stress off Mother Earth:
2. designer of lower cost to orbit transportation
3. leader of effective campaign to lower world population nonviolently
4. teachers of girls in developing countries
Space Career Planning for Children
- NEA - Space Careers – For Kids and Teachers
Space careers span many fields of study. Space Careers for Kids and Teachers helps you explore career options in Research Science, Engineering, and Mathematics and many others!
- MGS for Kids and Teachers - Look to the Future: Careers in Space
Mars Global Surveyor Magnetometer and Electron Reflectometer Science Team WWW site.
Describe what you are looking for, post a cover letter, even a short resume. Take advantage of this section.
It just so happens that I just joined a recruiters network (for my own company) and I will tell corporate recruiters to visit this lens regularly to see what you have posted. So take advantage of this opportunity.
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