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.

Technical specialists

Fabricator – fabricate, fit, assemble and weld metal parts, structures and equipment.

Cyber security specialist- plan and implement security measures to protect computer networks and systems.

Space lawyer – provide advice and prepare legal contracts and documentation to ensure compliance with Australian and international laws and treaties.

Space scientist – apply the laws of physics, chemistry and geology to understand the universe and its contents.

CNC machinist – are responsible for setting up manufacturing operations.

CAD drafters and designers – use computer-aided design to create and modify 2D and 3D designs and drawings.

Intelligent game developers – build, program and utilise systems and games in virtual reality, augmented reality and simulations.

Electricians and electrical technicians – test and repair electrical systems, equipment and components.

Engineering technologists – analyse, modify, test and apply new and existing engineering technologies to solve complex issues in consultation with engineers.

Avionics technicians – install, inspect, test, adjust and repair electronic equipment on aircraft and spacecraft.

Engineering technicians

Engineering technicians work with engineers to design, build and test equipment, conduct experiments, collect data and identify and solve engineering problems.

Mechanical technicians – install machinery, parts and equipment onto aircraft and spacecraft.

Assembly technicians – construct, assemble, fit, fasten and install parts in aeroplanes, spacecraft and satellites.

Automation & robotics technicians – assist engineers to build, install, operate, test and maintain robots, robotic components, devices and systems.

Astronaut – command, pilot or serve as crew on spacecraft.

Engineers

Robotics engineer – build, install, operate, test and maintain robots, robotic components, devices and systems.

Propulsion engineers – design, test, and manufacture spacecraft propulsion systems.

Electrical, electronics and avionics engineer – design, construct, install, maintain and test electronic and electrical systems.

Space systems engineer – design, construct and test aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, satellites and equipment.

Software developers and software engineers – design, program, test, implement and maintain software programs.

Management and administration
Project manager
– plan and manage resources for projects to deliver them on time and on budget.

Network and systems administrators – configure, install, maintain and protect software, hardware and the network.

Work, health and safety officers – ensure compliance with health and safety systems, conduct risk assessments and advise staff.

https://www.industry.gov.au/australian-space-discovery-centre/pathways-for-a-career-in-space