You don’t have to be a scientist or an engineer to join the space industry. It takes all sorts of people to run a space organisation.
Support staff are the glue that holds a company together, and the space industry is no different. However, it has the added excitement of working with some of the latest scientific and technological advances.
It takes a lot of different people with different skills to keep a business or organisation running. Human resources professionals find and hire the best people for the team. Reception staff welcome visitors and direct phone calls to the right person.
Office managers organise the flow of mail and deliveries and maintain office supplies. Administration staff file and manage paperwork, write reports and do research. Accountants and bookkeepers keep an eye on income and expenses and provide financial reports.
IT staff keeping the computer systems running and troubleshoot problems. Executive assistants help senior managers organise their days and stay on track with meetings and other tasks.
There are plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in working in the space industry. The only limit is your imagination!
The following TAFE courses are relevant to support roles in the space industry:
- Certificate III in Accounts Administration (FNS30317)
- Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217)
- Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217)
- Diploma of Payroll Services (FNS50417)
- Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60217)
- Certificate III in Information Technology (ICT30120)
- Certificate IV in Information Technology (ICT40120)
- Diploma of Information Technology (ICT50220)
- Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (ICT60220)
- Certificate III in Business (BSB30120)
- Certificate IV in Business (BSB40120)
- Diploma of Business (BSB50120)
- Advanced Diploma of Business (BSB60120)
- Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business (BSB30220)
- Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business (BSB40320)
- Certificate IV in Human Resource Management (BSB40420)
- Diploma of Human Resource Management (BSB50320)
- Advanced Diploma of Human Resource Management (BSB60320)
- Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (BSB40520)
- Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420)
- Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB60420)
- Diploma of Quality Auditing (BSB50920)
- Advanced Diploma of Program Management (BSB60720).
Degrees in the following study areas may also be relevant to a business support role:
- Human Resources Management
- Information Technology.
Almost all universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Visit individual university websites for more information.
The following universities offer undergraduate study options specifically related to the space industry which may be relevant:
- Swinburne University's Space Technology minor, which is available to undergraduate students in any degree.
At the postgraduate level, the following course may be relevant to business support roles in the space industry:
- The International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program. This program forms the first part of the University of South Australia’s Graduate Certificate of Space Studies.
Postgraduate qualifications by coursework or research in business or other studies may also be relevant. Visit individual university websites for more information.