How to Get Employed at NASA
If astronomy is something that has interested you since childhood; if the twinkling of stars has always fascinated you; if you have always dreamt of being a part of NASA, but never knew how, then this blog is sure to help you with a lot of your queries. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), employees people with different educational backgrounds to help further the scientific community’s understanding of space and the universe. And to be a part of NASA, the first and foremost thing that you need is a degree in the physical and biological sciences. Is that all, you ask? Well, definitely ‘NO’. There’s a lot more that you need to know or study to get employed at NASA and here, we have mentioned a few:
According to United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one way to be a part of NASA is by studying Astronomy, the science that deals with celestial objects, space and the physical universe as a whole. Having said this, we would also like to mention that a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy is not enough and you will need a Ph.D in astronomy to work with NASA. Moreover, you may opt for subfields like planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy, galactic astronomy or cosmology during your graduation.
Okay… so you may have thought about weather or things that affect weather, but have you ever wondered about weather phenomena in space? If not, let us tell you that you can be atmospheric scientists for NASA by studying in depth about weather and climate events in outer space. Atmospheric scientists’ work at NASA is similar to broadcast meteorologists’ work, the only difference is that while the former develops the local weather forecasts, the latter studies everything related to weather and climate changes beyond the Earth.
And the good news for those who don’t want to go for a masters degree for employment with NASA is that atmospheric scientists only need a bachelor’s degree. As per BLS, you will need to take courses in subjects like meteorology, computer programming, advanced mathematics and advanced physics.
Study plasma physics for a shortcut to NASA. Plasma Physicists are given preference over other physicists. And if you want to opt for being a physicist for your dream job at NASA, you would need an advanced degree for the same.
While these were about the degrees that you need to acquire for your dream job at NASA, we have also short listed a few paths to NASA:
NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP)
This one is NASA’s employment program for current college students or for people who have been accepted into the qualifying educational program.
NASA pays you to work for them if you get accepted into the program. Not just this, but you get to learn necessary skills, gain experience in the field of your choice and if you are talented enough to be good at everything, chances are that you may get absorbed by the organisation.
Keep a track of internships with Pathway Program
Keep visiting NASA’s website or USAJOBS so that you don’t miss on any Pathway opportunity or any other opening, including IEP positions.
We hope this information was helpful for you. And now that you know the path to NASA, you might find your way too. So all the best, and wish to see your dream come true. Become an astronaut, a scientist or become a part of NASA in any which way you want.
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