Do your homework. To get a job, one must know what is happening in the
industry. It is a good idea to read magazines such as Space News and Aviation
Week & Space Technology and learn which companies are getting new space
contracts and pursue them. The Internet is a good source to learn the strong and
weak points of each organization one would like to join.
Set your goals, but be flexible. You may have your sights set on a
specific career goal, but it’s wise to keep an open mind and realize that there
are many potential career paths and many ways to reach that goal. Government
contractors offer lucrative starting opportunities for a number of our
graduates, but the growing private sector is also hiring graduates because of
their knowledge concerning space program operations. In addition, new companies
involved in satellite communications, remote sensing, and GPS offer ever
increasing opportunities for employment.
It’s who you know as much as what you know. The contacts you develop here
will prove invaluable when seeking a job in the space industry. The student you
meet today may be your inside connection in your workplace of choice tomorrow.
And at UND, the relationships you will be able to develop with people in the
industry will help you be even more competitive in your job search. The faculty
can also be valuable contacts, as they frequently receive calls from
organizations seeking our graduates for a position. The faculty have many
connections with different areas of the space community, and are willing to
assist graduates with their job search.
Stay in touch. Finally, important sources of employment information and
job leads are fellow Space Studies graduates and current online students. Our
650+ alumni are working in space-related jobs and they know where the greatest
needs are at any given moment. Students must seek out opportunities and be
aggressive to obtain a job in the space field.
Organizations that have hired our
ANSER Analytical Services Forces
Earth Observation Sciences
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Imaging and Mapping Agency
National Missile Agency
Space Commerce Canada
U.S. Air Force and
Army Space Commands
U.S. General Accounting Office
United Space Alliance
D. Conly, 2003 Space Studies Graduate,
Biomedical Flight Controller at
NASA Johnson Space Center