With advances in technology and engineering there are lots of exciting careers to be had in space and science. You need to have a strong academic background in science and also have the dedication to complete the training and experience requirements. However a career as a Rocket Scientist (also known as an Aerospace Engineer) is a very exciting and rewarding career.

Top Tips:

  • Have you got the necessary educational requirements and skills needed? There are limited jobs available within the field so competition is high, it is important you position yourself with the right background (check out recommended links below for criteria on what is needed for each career path)
  • How dedicated are you to this career path? This career will require a lot of study, training and a possible change in location and at times working in remote places on projects. Therefore dedication and a strong passion and interest in the science field are essential
  • Do you enjoy problem solving? Finding technical solutions to create new ways of doing things whilst working as part of a wider team on long term projects? If the answer is no, you need to re-think if this is the right career for you.
  • Do your research and undertake some work experience to see if this is an industry you are interested in. We recommend visiting the British Interplanetary Society in London to talk with fellows there, attend events and look through their great collection of resources: http://www.bis-space.com/

Resources:

Guardian Careers Article ‘What it takes to be a Rocket Scientist’: http://careers.theguardian.com/what-it-takes-to-be-a-rocket-scientist 

European Space Agency, careers information, job vacancies, resources and advice: http://www.esa.int/ESA

NASA careers and information: http://www.nasa.gov/about/career/index.html#.VPRTzPmsXro

National Careers Service job profiles Rocket Scientist/Aerospace Engineer: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/aerospaceengineer.aspx

Search for accredited degrees and courses via the Association of Aerospace Universities: http://www.aau.ac.uk/universities.htm

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