Job Profiles

The space industry is growing fast and new jobs are being created every day. Space professionals design components for Mars rovers, develop software that uses satellite data, study images taken by space telescopes, research the effects of microgravity on the human body, and even practise law.

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Aerodynamicist

Aerodynamicists research into the motion of air and its interaction with solid objects such as a spacecraft. This can then be used in the technical design and development of spacecraft to maximise their performance.

Agricultural Data Analyst

Agricultural Data Analysts use data and imagery collected by remote sensing to monitor the quality of agricultural land and the changes it undergoes to inform farmers on the most effective use of land and aid environmental and conservation research.

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Astrobiologists

Astrobiologists are scientists studying the possibility of life in space, and what life needs to survive.

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Astronauts

Astronauts are the people who actually go into space, conduct experiments on space stations like the ISS, and pilot spacecraft like the Space Shuttle.

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Astrophysicists & Astronomers

Astrophysicists study objects in the universe, including galaxies and stars to understand what they are made of, their features, their histories, and how they were formed.

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Disaster Response Coordinator

Satellite technology is increasingly becoming critical to disaster response coordination, not only can it be used to monitor how areas have been affected and where aid is most needed, it is also invaluable for communications, vital for the success of relief efforts.

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Earth Observation Scientist

Earth Observation Scientists use remote sensing to gather images and data about the Earth which can then be used to learn more about the natural and built environment and the changes that are taking place.

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Engineers

There are many kinds of engineers in the space sector. Their job is to design components, software, and systems, improving on current designs and creating totally new ones.

Insurer

Launching rockets into space is risky and expensive, as a space insurer you would be providing cover for spacecraft and satellites in case something was to go wrong, covering space vehicles throughout their life.

Lecturer

Lecturers primarily work in Higher Education institutions teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervising PhD students and also conducting their own research.

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Meteorologist

Meteorologists study the Earth’s atmosphere allowing them to predict the weather and climate.

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Navigational Scientist

The applications of satellite data for the use of navigation has become an integral part of life, whether that be for use for SatNav systems in cars or for tracking shipping.

Oceanographer

Oceanographers bring together knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics and geology to study the characteristics of the Earth's seas and oceans. They also use data from remote sensing to research into sea currents and tides.

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Planetary Scientists

Planetary scientists study planets and moons like Mars and Titan to try to understand what they are made of and how they are formed.

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Project Manager

Project Managers are responsible for overseeing projects, managing teams and making sure they run to time and keep within a budget.

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Researcher

Research is essential for any advancement in the space industry, whether that be improving technology and our ability to navigate space or learning more about space and our place in the universe.

Science Communicator

Science communicators work to increase public engagement in science related topics of interest, focusing on making the field of scientific development more accessible to non-experts.

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Space Lawyers

Space law governs all space-related activities. It covers things like the protection of planets from human contamination, to the rescue of stranded astronauts.

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Space Medical Professionals

Space medical professionals are doctors and scientists who study the effects of being in space on the human body, viruses, and medicines.

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Spacecraft Operator

Spacecraft Operators are vital to the success of any space mission, whenever a spacecraft is powered up they are responsible for making sure that it is running correctly, efficiently and diagnosing and fixing any problems that occur.

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Technician

Technicians are at the forefront of building and testing spacecraft and space systems, perfect for someone who is looking for a hands on career.