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Pathways for a career in space

The space sector needs all sorts of skills and types of people. Discover all the possible space career pathways.

There’s much more to a career in space than being an astronaut. There are many exciting career paths to follow right here on Earth.

Space law, medicine, design and manufacturing, robotics and data analysis. We need a range of skills to support our growing space sector.

Building a future workforce

We’re inspiring the future workforce to study subjects and gain experience that will sustain and grow our national space industry.

Our goal is to triple the size of the sector and create up to 20,000 new Australian jobs by 2030. We are:

  • supporting STEM and space-related initiatives and organisations around Australia
  • developing programs to enable students and young professionals to gain real-world space-related educational and professional experiences
  • attracting international space experts into the Australian space education and industrial sectors
  • inspiring the next generation through the fascinating aspects of space
  • showcasing the diverse career paths in the Australian space sector and of Australian space professionals working internationally
  • supporting national activities that inspire an interest in space
  • collaborating with state and territory governments, industry, academia and research institutions.

Launch your career in space

Space is a multidisciplinary domain and needs all sorts of skillsets and types of people.

Read about some careers in space.

Technical specialists

Fabricator

Learn about a career as a fabricator.

Cyber security specialist

Learn about a career as a cyber security specialist.

Space lawyer

Learn about a career as a space lawyer.

CNC machinist

Learn about a career as a CNC machinist

CAD drafters and designers

Learn about a career as a CAD drafters and designers.

Intelligent game developer

Learn about a career as an intelligent game developer.

Electricians and electrical technicians

Learn about a career as an electrician or electrical technician.

Avionics technicians

Learn about a career as an avionics technician.

Mechanical technicians

Learn about a career as a mechanical technician.

Assembly technicians

Learn about a career as an assembly technician.

Automation and robotics technicians

Learn about a career as an automation or robotics technician.

Astronaut

Learn about a career as an astronaut.

Flight surgeons

Learn about a career as a flight surgeon.

Production test technicians

Learn about a career as a production test technician.

Engineer specialists

Robotics engineer

Learn about a career as a robotics engineer.

Propulsion engineer

Learn about a career as a propulsion engineer.

Electrical, electronics and avionics engineer

Learn about a career as an electrical, electronics or avionics engineer.

Space systems engineer

Learn about a career as a space systems engineer.

Engineering technologist

Learn about a career as an engineering technologist.

Engineering technician

Learn about a career as an engineering technician.

Machine learning and AI engineers

Learn about a career as a machine learning and AI engineer.

Software developers and software engineers

Learn about a career as a software developer or software engineer.

Scientists

Space scientist

Learn about a career as a space scientist.

Data scientists and analysts

Learn about a career as a data scientist or analyst.

Earth observation scientists

Learn about a career as an earth observation scientist.

Management and administration

Project managers

Learn about a career as a project manager.

Network and systems administrators

Learn about a career as a network and systems administrator.

Work, health and safety officers

Learn about a career as a work, health and safety officer.

Business and management roles

Learn about a career in a business or management role.

Communications and marketing professionals

Learn about a career as a communications and marketing professional.

Space communicators and education outreach officers

Learn about a career as a space communication and education outreach officer.

Space business development managers

Learn about a career as a space business development manager.