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NASA Steadily Hiring Scientists, Engineers and Others

Engineers, scientists and administrative support personnel needed. The Agency is also advertising opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Student trainees also needed for work in the Agency’s 11 space centers.

As in years past NASA will be operating under a slightly reduced budget. However, the Agency continues to conduct major missions.

Long considered one of the best places to work in Federal Government, NASA always earns high approval ratings from its employees. The Agency operates 18 centers and facilities in 13 states.

Occupations In Demand
NASA has an on-going need for engineers in many specializations, technologies and sciences. But 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 are open for many months. Long closing dates often indicate a need for on-going hiring.

Exciting Work
The Agency asks on its employment page, “What did you do at your job today? All over the world, U.S. Government employees are doing exciting jobs on behalf of our country.” NASA maintains a presence in 13 states and has job openings in most locations. The Agency’s recruitment website offers this description: “NASA ranks near the very top among all large Federal Agencies in Effective Leadership, Teamwork, Strategic Management, and Support for Diversity as well as other areas.”

At present NASA has posted Vacancies for the following occupations:
Contract Specialist (GS-1102) $67,963
Staff Accountant (GS-0510) $93,174
Program Analyst (GS-0343) $94,174

Other occupations that are not open as of this writing but which open regularly are:
Accountant (GS-0510) to $78,355
Information Technology Specialist (GS-2210) $129,513

Steady Hiring
Recruitment is ongoing at all centers to replace those who retire or quit.

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.

NASA Occupations
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)
Senior Management
Students Interns
Security Specialists
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 Positions
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.

Astronaut Openings
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 on-line which presents the biographies of all current astronauts.

NASA Qualifications
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 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 need to be experienced in equipment design.

Work Environment
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 also 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 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.

The following website provides an applicant guideline:

Astronaut Information
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. •

Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Neil A. Armstrong
Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA 93523

Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH 44135

Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Goddard Institute for Space Studies
New York, NY 10025

Independent Verification and
Validation Facility
Fairmont, WV 26554

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109

Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX 77058

Kennedy Space Center
FL 32899

Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 23681

Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL 35811

Michoud Assembly Facility
New Orleans, LA 70129

Washington, DC 20546

Shared Services Center
Kiln, MS 39556

Plum Brook Station
Sandusky, OH 44870

John C. Stennis Space Center
MS 39529

Wallops Flight Facility
Wallops Island, VA 23337

Johnson Space Center -
White Sands Test Facility
Las Cruces, NM 88012