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NASA Offers Wide Range of Exciting Career
Among positions in demand are engineers, scientists and technical support
NASA also has openings for students and people with disabilities at the
Agency’s 18 space centers.
As in years past NASA will be operating under a slightly reduced budget.
However, the Agency still continues to conduct major missions.
Long considered one of the best places to work in government, NASA always earns
high approval ratings from its employees. The Agency was voted the #1 place to
work in a 2013 poll.
Occupations In Demand
NASA has an on-going need for engineers in many specializations,
technologies and sciences. However the Agency also hires support personnel such
as program specialists and administrators.
Interns and People with Disabilities
NASA has open Vacancy Announcements for “individuals with disabilities” and
for students to take part in its “Career Experience Program.” Both of these
announcements have been open for many months. Long closing dates often indicate
a need for on-going hiring.
The Agency states on its employment page, “Our work ranges from the everyday
operating of our facilities, to exploring the mind-boggling, furthest limits of
the past, present, and future of our universe.”
At the time of this writing NASA had posted Vacancies for the following
Contract Specialist (GS-1102)
Electrical Engineer (GS-0850)
Program Specialist (GS-0301)
Recruitment is ongoing at all NASA centers to replace those who retire or
New college graduates and experienced professionals in science and engineering,
as well as experienced researchers, engineers, scientists, lawyers, medical and
support personnel including administrators, clerical personnel and secretaries
are in regular demand at NASA.
Below is a list of the occupational categories in which NASA regularly
recruits, although some may not be open at any given time.
Administrative Professionals (Accountants, Computer, IT, Personnel, Procurement,
Logistics Public Affairs, etc)
Scientists & Engineers
Medical Doctors & other Medical Professionals
Clerks/Assistants/Secretaries (Accounting, Computer, Personnel, Logistics, etc)
Technicians (Safety, Quality, Aircraft, Equipment, Engineering, etc)
The largest of these occupational categories is Scientists and Engineers of
which the Agency employs over 10,000. Some 2,400 Technicians are also employed
by NASA. The number of Computer and other Support Personnel is also considerable
at over 4,000. Astronauts continue to be on active duty with the Agency. These
include Astronauts with military as well as civilian backgrounds.
Science and Engineering Positions
Competition is stiff for all NASA vacancies. More than half of NASA’s
workforce consists of scientists and engineers. NASA reports that it continually
attempts to recruit the best and brightest young people by maintaining a
significant presence at engineering school campuses, through scholarship
programs, and grants for student projects, and by providing endowments for
faculty members doing research in relevant fields. NASA also maintains a high
profile at college and professional career fairs.
Technical and Clerical
The space Agency has continuous openings for Clerical and Technical Support
Staff. Secretaries and individuals to work with word processing equipment are
regularly recruited at most NASA installations. Mechanics and Engineering
Technicians are also needed to support various programs.
NASA is not recruiting Astronauts at present. When Astronauts are being
recruited they come from two classes. (Pilots and non-pilots) and from two
backgrounds (military and civilian). Candidates interested in comparing their
backgrounds to those of current astronauts can
check this page
presents the biographies of all current astronauts.
Candidates for science, engineering, and other professional positions must
have either a college degree in a field related to the job for which they are
applying, or the equivalent of required work experience.
These openings span the GS scale from clerical positions at GS-3 up to
managerial jobs at GS-13+. Job candidates can contact the NASA installation at
which they wish to work to discover what opportunities and at which grade level
these are available.
Many engineering technicians work with the design of research equipment.
Although this work is highly specialized, candidates for these positions do not
need a college degree. However, they should be experienced in equipment design.
NASA recruits scientists, engineers and technical employees at every stage
of their careers. However, a special effort is made to recruit students who are
graduating from both graduate and undergraduate college programs.
The Agency promises all of the professionals it recruits “the unparalleled
opportunity to work side by side with the Nation's top scientists, engineers,
and other technical staff, backed by a capable group of professional support and
administrative personnel, to extend the limits of knowledge through world-class
research and science activities”
While all Federal Agencies share common benefits such as health insurance
and retirement plans, NASA makes a special effort to provide comfortable
employment that balances both the work and non-work responsibilities of the
employee. NASA offers a variety of flexible work schedules. Also time off is
earned and accrued as "paid leave" based on years of service. The Agency allows
employees to schedule time off to meet their individual needs. Recreational
activities, such as volleyball, softball, picnics, stage productions, and choral
groups, are offered.
How to Apply
Applicants interested in NASA openings can submit an application on-line
which includes a Federal Resume that may not exceed 22,000 characters. The
process begins by selecting the vacancy of interest on this site, then clicking
the Apply On Line button. Jobs also have a mail - in option. Candidates can
submit hard copy resumes to the Resume Operations Center (ROC), the address of
which can be found in the Vacancy Announcements section. The resume must
indicate the Vacancy Announcement of the job of interest.
Following is an applicant guideline:
The NASA webpage for astronaut job information is:
Active duty military personnel must submit applications to their respective
military service and not directly to NASA. Application procedures will be
disseminated by each respective military service. •
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