Have you ever dreamed about becoming a part of space exploration but felt like you could never become an actual astronaut? Indeed, such high-value positions are rare, but it still does not mean that you cannot become a part of the space sector. The industry is big, multi-faceted, and — more importantly — it relies on cosmos buffs, regardless of their professional experience. Take Max Polyakov’s space experience as an example. This Ukrainian-born entrepreneur accumulated wealth on IT projects purchased an aerospace company on the brink of bankruptcy, and soon enough, will launch its innovative Alpha rocket into Low Earth Orbit.
Not a billionaire yet to purchase aerospace companies? No need to despair because the space sector is still ready to welcome all sorts of professionals — from data analysts to teachers. This industry needs people to promote interest in the space sector, professionals with HR and management experience, software engineers, even marketing experts to manage public relations. Let’s take a quick look at the available space sector activities and opportunities.
How big is the space sector?
Today, the space sector is not very big — practically everyone knows everyone else. So, it relies heavily on networking. The upside is that the space sector is very diverse and has demand practically for any professional enthusiastic about this area. Here are just some vacancies the space sector in the UK and worldwide is trying to fill:
● IT: data management, analytics, software development
● Legal: law and regulation
● Medicine: spaceflight effects, biomedical, psychology, flight surgeon
● Marketing: communication, social media management
● Education: teachers, historians, engineers
● Management: accounting, HR
● Science: literally every field available
How can one reap space sector benefits?
Despite the common misconception, not everyone in the space sector is making a lot of money. This industry consists of enthusiasts willing to keep pushing it forward. Often, it means spending hours of research and development (along with a lot of money) just to see your product crash at the launchpad. Still, experts who keep evolving along with their industry usually succeed.
So, how can beginners make their way into the space sector? Here are a couple of suggestions for all the buffs out there.
● Take part in space sector events: like we already mentioned, this sector is about networking. However, you do not have to live in the center of events or be an already established pro to pave your way into the space sector. For example, Max Polyakov and his Noosphere Ventures hold Vernadsky Challenge every year, giving young people from Ukraine a chance to win grants for their promising projects. ESA recently held a contest for kids; NASA also has a support program for the young, etc.
● Choose a field you’ll specialize in: as you can already see, the space sector needs people from all walks of life— from writers to the actual astronauts. You should choose the field you’ll be working in and get educated in this niche.
● Work on your language skills: space exploration is mostly associated with English-speaking countries, but in fact, many countries across the globe have great space potential. Russia, India, Germany, and France — they all have strong cosmic potential. So, if you really want to become a part of this truly international sector, time to work on your language skills. Obviously, you should start with English if you do not know yet. French is another good option for those living in Europe because French and English are both official ESA languages.
The final word of advice for all space enthusiasts is to never stop dreaming. This sector is built by dreamers who are constantly pushing their limits forward and search for innovative solutions to make the impossible possible.
About the Author:
Emily Moore is an English teacher with a passion for space and blogging. She believes that current exploration should be focused on preserving our planet’s resources. With satellites circling the orbit, it is easier to get relevant data on any environmental changes. This, in turn, should help people quickly address any challenges.