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Although the shuttle program recently came to an end, there are still many career opportunities in space exploration. There are actually hundreds of different career options in the exciting and imaginative field. Here is a look at some of the more popular areas.
This is probably the first career that people think about when thinking about space exploration. Interestingly, very few astronauts will actually fly into space. They may be involved in other aspects of the job such as space apparatus or orbiter operation. Many astronauts are also involved with public relations aspects of the program.
These are professionals with backgrounds in areas such as astronomy and physics. As the title implies, these people design, build and launch rockets for the space program. Rocket scientists have strong backgrounds in areas such as math and engineering.
Similar to the rocket scientist, aeronautical engineers design many different aircraft other than rockets. These engineers have a wide range of career choices. They can work on aircraft, as well as other forms of spacecraft.
People who work as astrophysicists have strong backgrounds and knowledge about universe’s physical properties. These people must interpret large amounts of complex data about the universe and space.
These professionals work within the scientific aspects of the universe with regard to its composition, movement, origin and such. The also study planets, stars and other astronomical objects. Much like astrophysicists, these scientists also gather and interpret data about the universe.
There are many other career options for anyone looking for an exciting job in space exploration.