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What is it like being a scientist working for a space agency?

Currently, I am looking into possibly pursuing a science degree and work at a space agency. What kind of work do you do at a space agency like NASA?

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Sagar’s Answer


I am not from same field, but I will try to give you answer. Scientists of all types usually specialize in their field or relevant field can enhance their career in Space agency. Their work and area of expertise are below.
1. Astronomers scientists: Objects study in the universe.
2. Atmospheric scientists: observe weather and climate
3. Engineers: Aerospace, computers, electronics, mechanical and automobile.
4. Supporting experts: Those are having broader area of understanding with doctorate.

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Rich’s Answer

The beautiful thing about the internet is you have the power to see what job listings and internships are available today for NASA or SpaceX

Have fun exploring

Hi Rich, these are great resources for finding opportunities in the field but they don't necessarily answer the student's question. They wanted to know what it's like to work for a space agency. Any insight you can provide would be helpful! Gurpreet Lally, Admin
Great feedback. I also read, “What kind of work do you do at a space agency”; and I wish when I was younger, I could see the myriad of types of work (jobs) that NASA employees can do, with outlines of different type of engineering roles that help the facility, offering details on what each role’s responsibilities includes. For example, Senior Technologist, Aeropropulsion, serves as a senior technical expert at supporting research and development across a broad range of programs and projects for Agency; provide technical and thought leadership of the Center's aeropropulsion technical activities in research and development, design, test, and evaluation of advanced, complex aeropropulsion systems. Thanks for contributing Rich Wawrzynski
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Andrew’s Answer

My training is in physics (BS in physics, MS in physics, and Ph.D. in geophysics), and I spent two decades work at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center working in the area of geodynamics, space-borne geophysics, space geodesy, and effect of global climate on geodynamic parameters based on large scale statistical analysis.

In any case, since there are a wide range of scientific research performed in a space agency like NASA, scientists from many areas should find gainful employment there. During my two-decade at NASA/GSFC, I had worked with physicists, atmospheric chemists, atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, computer scientists, and software engineers.