Career Resources

 Discover all the different jobs that the space sector has to offer, how you can reach your goals if you shoot for the stars!  Or listen to the story behind the people in our Searching Further interviews! And check out these other great resources.

Find out more about these careers! 

Archaeoastronomy

the study of how people have understood, conceptualized and used the phenomena in the sky and what role the sky played in their cultures, by analysing their material remains.

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Astrobiologist

Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.

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Astrochemistry

Astrochemistry is the study of the composition and reactions of atoms, molecules and ions in space.

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Astrogeology

Astrogeology is concerned with the geology of the solid bodies in the solar system, such as the asteroids and the planets and their moons.

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Astronomer

Astronomers attempt to understand the behaviour of matter, study conditions that exist only in space and cannot be found on Earth, and discover the particles involved in those processes.

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Astrophotography

Astrophotography is an activity that consists in taking photographs of celestial bodies, such as stars, planets, comets, star clusters and galaxies, or events such as eclipses, transits, among others

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Earth Observation Scientist

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Material Engineer

Materials engineers use their expertise to produce specifications for, design, process and apply materials effectively.

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Plasma Physicists

Plasma physicists study plasmas, which are considered a distinct state of matter and occur naturally in stars

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science Historian

Study the history of space travel and research!

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Space Educator

What is the field about? A space educator is someone concerned with spreading knowledge about space to the general public.

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Space Engineers

Space engineers understand the principles of physics including aerodynamics, motion and propulsion, as well as fluid mechanics and other theoretical and practical topics.

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Space Psychologist

Psychology is concerned with understanding the mental processes that drive human nature, and how human beings relate with each other and their environment.

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Spacesuit Designer

Fashion is more of a business and art while space is more technical. How can these aspects be united into one concept? A career of an astronaut’s costume designer answers this question.

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Space Lawyer

Space law is the body of law governing space-related activities, encompassing both international and domestic agreements, rules, and principles.

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Searching Further- Interviews with Students, Graduates, and Early Career Workers in the Space Sector

 

Searching further: Meet an Astrobiologist!

Video interviews to learn about different scientist`s lives and careers

 

Searching Further- Claudia Offner talks about taking part in Climate KIC’s summer school

Claudia Offner was studying phycology and business when she decided to take part in Climate KIC’s InnoSpace summer school. A 5-week course where participants work together to develop innovative solutions to the issues caused by climate change, using new technologies such as satellite imaging (GIS).

 

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Searching Further- What can we learn from sending mould to space?

This time Chris chats with space microbiologist, Marta Cortesão about why she sent mould into space (or right up to the edge of space at least), how mould spores might be tough enough to survive in the vacuum of space, and what aliens probably look like if they do exist.

 

Searching further: Meet a Climate Scientist!

Sophie meets Hannah Bloomfield, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Reading. She works in the Climate and Meteorology field, and she shares insides from her life and how did her career unfold! It is such an interesting talk.

 

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Searching Further- Let’s meet IT specialist Philipp Meitnier!

Sophie interviews Philipp Meitnier. He will tell us about his career as an IT specialist who helps connect people on Earth with GPS satellites.

 

 

Searching Further – Let’s chat with Sam Shingles a recent Planetary Science graduate

This time we chat with Sam Shingles, a recent Planetary Science graduate. Sam tells us about his love of solving puzzles, his struggles with maths to begin with, and why he thinks science communication is so important.

 

 

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Searching Further – Chris talks to Shaumica a first-year PhD student studying Photoelectrochemistry

A conversation with Shaumica Saravanabavan a first-year PhD student at the University of Warwick. Shaumica tells us how we can use solar energy to make oxygen and fuel, very useful for long stays in space, and gives advice to anyone who is interested in studying space science.
 
 

 

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Let’s meet Astrophysics’ student Ditlev Frickmann

What does a student of Astrophysics learn? Where can you work and specialise when you choose this career? Learn this and much more!

More Useful Resources

Space Careers booklet- Space Awareness

This booklet provides information about several exciting space-related careers.

Space Careers.uk

A website for those looking for space career resources, events and adverts for job vacancies in the space sector.

Most-asked questions about ESA careers – Everything you need to know.

Working at the ESA is one of the coolest jobs you can have in the world. But it’s not easy to secure a position there and there are lots of questions that you might have before considering to start the application process. For that reason, Spaceindvidual.com has done a lot of research for you which will hopefully give you the upper hand if you decide that you want to make the European Space Agency part of your future. 

UK Space Agency’s Careers in Space leaflet

A career in the space sector isn’t just about being an astronaut on the International Space Station. A role within this vibrant and growing industry will provide you with an enthralling career which will enable you to grow and develop your own skills and talents, intrigue your friends, and follow your dreams.

Space careers: A universe of options – U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Studying the effects of gravity on the human body. Building the next generation of telescopes. Explaining discoveries about the solar system in understandable terms. These are just a few examples of the projects that workers undertake in jobs related to space exploration.

Entry level and research programmes

ESA offers a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate students including both Master’s and PhD researchers. Discover how to take part in ESA’s missions and projects as a student or recent graduate.