Space Jobs

Not just for engineers. Jobs at ESA. Graphic c/o ESA
For those of us interested in working in the telecommunications, space or aerospace industry, here's a listing of a few useful places to begin the search.

The list includes direct links to the job pages of some of the largest Canadian space companies.

Aerospace industry expert Al Calder, one of our contributors at the the Commercial Space blog, has also done some deep dives into various aerospace companies and their job opportunities. These include:
To learn more about these companies, please click on the links.

But please note that some of these jobs require security clearances, passports, work permits, landed immigrant status and/or even the acquisition of citizenship from the country where the job just happens to be located.

Happy hunting...

The 17th Annual Aerospace and Defence Top 100 growing Companies of 2014 - What better place to start than with the biggest and fastest growing firms in this area. Produced jointly by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Flight Global, the report outlines the trends in the industry and ranks the top companies by revenues and profitability.

Astronauts4Hire - A US based, 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2010 to recruit and train qualified scientists and engineers for the rigors of spaceflight. The organization conducts a range of activities related to commercial astronaut workforce development and train its members as professional astronaut candidates who can assist researchers, payload developers, and spaceflight providers with mission planning and operations support.

The Bigelow Aerospace career page - Where better to discover "your place in space," than the firm which just recently received backing from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As outlined in the February 25th, 2015 Yahoo News post, "Business On the Moon: FAA Backs Bigelow Aerospace," the company has been encouraged by a variety of US Federal government agencies to continue the development of private sector applications for use on the Moon and likely elsewhere in space.

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - Once, the CSA had a formal career page but not any more. (CSA job links now connect to the Federal government career page.) This is likely for the best given that very few CSA jobs ever seem to open up unless people are fired -- or die. However, the CSA does remain home to the Canadian Space Directory, a listing of companies and organizations which either currently or once worked with the CSA. And while it's slow going to apply to these organizations individually, it's also indicative of future trends in the space industry.

The Epiq Space Job Board - This San Diego, California, based company is an online community dedicated to the satellite industry developed by industry veterans and was developed for engineers, scientists, suppliers, service providers and others who want to find products, companies, resources, industry news and career opportunities related to the satellite industry.

The European Space Agency (ESA) Career Page - It's worth noting that the ESA actually does have job openings and internships (seemingly unlike the CSA) and these are posted on the ESA career page. As private business eclipses government in importance, these will slowly begin drying up over the next few years, so get them while they still available.

HE Space - Denmark-based specialist supplier of manpower for space programs with offices in the Netherlands, Germany and the US. The firm also manages the Jobs in Space Linked-In group.

The Honeywell COM DEV International (COMDEV) Careers Page - Any company which works on "on 85% of the world's communication satellites," is certainly worth checking out for job openings. COMDEV divides it up between Opportunities in Canada, Opportunities in the UK and Opportunities in the USA.

The International  Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) - For those who are looking from something a little different from the typical opportunity requiring a science or engineering degree, the IAMAW represents more than 40,000 Canadian workers in air transport and a wide range of manufacturing including aircraft, auto parts, buses, aerospace, electronics, light and heavy machinery, tools and appliances.

The International Space Directory – Compiled by Space News, this publication bills itself as "the only publication that space professionals throughout the world turn to first for the news that affects their jobs." The site lists most of the major international space manufacturers, products and services.

Jobs in Space - A mostly European based space industry forum for posting vacancy notices and resumes, organized by Microcom Systems, a UK based consultancy firm which bills itself as being focused on satellite communications and space technology.

The MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) Corporate Careers Page - Who'd have thought that the Canadian space company which has so often expressed the importance of moving where the clients are, would have so many domestic opportunities available. Under the headline, "Explore the world of opportunities," MDA divided the jobs into Canadian and US operations.

NASA Jobs - A public listing of available National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) openings. According to the site, NASA is one of "the best places to work in the Federal government®" as ranked by federal employee satisfaction.

The NewSpace Global listing of top 1000 NewSpace companies - This list is divided up into three smaller lists covering the most influential privately held companies, a second list covering additional privately held companies perceived as being "on the bubble" of growth (NSG OTB) plus a third list of top rated publicly traded space companies (the NSG PTC). A surprising number of companies on these three lists are Canadian and a surprising number of the rest have offices and employment opportunities in Canada.

NewSpace People - British based, database driven head-hunting firm focused on sourcing support people ("non-management and pre-professional," according to their website) for the space industry. The firm also works with organisations to offer training and internships and provides a free listing of management and professional level openings.

The Satellite Today Career Center - Focused on US based jobs in the commercial satellite industry. Includes a comprehensive satellite companies web directory.

Space Careers - A French based but English language site focused on "the top jobs and the best talents in the industry." Contains a jobs center (where job hunters and recruiters register), a space industry directory, a news and resource section with space news RSS feeds and a LinkedIn page. Maintained by Spacelinks, a specialist staffing consultancy focused on the European space and defense industry.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STSCI) listing of Employment Opportunities - Located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, the STSCI manages both the Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). They offer "the wonder of 21st century space exploration in a job that offers a competitive salary and generous benefits."

The Telesat Canada listing of Current Job Opportunities - The iconic Canadian company, which helped launch a communications revolution in the North back in the 1970's, is still going strong. It's also still looking for a few good people to help administer its current fleet of satellites. 

UNIFOR - This union, created from the 2013 merger of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), might not represent the typical career path imagined by the average astronaut wannabe, but Canada's largest private sector union does represent aerospace workers at Boeing Canada (Local 2169), Bombardier/ de Havilland (Local 112), Cascade Aerospace (Local 114), CMC Electronics, Magellan Aerospace (Local 3005) and Pratt and Whitney Canada (Local 510), which makes it worth checking out.

UrtheCast - Canada's most creative space company (formed through the "reverse takeover" of a publicly traded mining company) has many openings in Canada and the US on their careers page. Galactic (VG) - For those who prefer suborbital space travel, this firm has a jobs board with literally dozens of new positions waiting to be filled.

The Wikipedia listing of government agencies engaged in space exploration - Categorized according to capabilities and including links to the listed agency's primary website. Consider this as one stop shopping for those inclined towards government service. 

The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) careers page - The company that built the world's first "commercial spacecraft" has dozens of job openings covering a wide range of expertise. 


  1. There are plenty of resources for Aerospace jobs, thank you for bringing some more to my attention.

  2. Very good, informative post on careers in aerospace... its a different blog as compared to other resources on the web.

  3. Thanks for this listing. Commercial space market is growing quite fast and the new opportunities appears everyday.

  4. I look forward to seeing your jobs board, Andrew. Hopefully, it will be up and running soon.


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