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?
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.
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.