Space Systems Job Opportunities

Technical, Operations and Management Careers in Government and Private Space Firms

A master of science in space systems from Florida Tech prepares students for a wide variety of technical and managerial positions in government or commercial space programs, as well as engineering firms, high tech companies and military organizations that conduct space business.

Graduates are expertly trained for an integrated space systems job that demand their expertise in how to plan, design, build, integrate, test launch, operate or manage all forms of space systems, subsystems, launch vehicles, spacecraft, payload or ground systems. They are ready to take responsibility for critical systems including propulsion and power systems, spacecraft environments, astrodynamics, communications and data systems and spacecraft dynamics and control.

Career Outlook

There are several career paths for individuals seeking a space systems job including space systems engineer, space systems operations and space systems research.

The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), predicts that aerospace engineers, technicians and related jobs will find employment related to national defense, designing civilian aircraft (to reduce noise, environmental pollution, and develop fuel savings), as well as in the next generation rockets and spacecraft being designed for space exploration and discovery. Other employment options could include navigation and control instruments design, communication equipment design and manufacturing, product development, or architectural and engineering related services.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information on careers in aerospace as well as hundreds of other occupations, including entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects.

Space Systems Job Options

Graduates from Florida Tech have been hired by private and government organizations, including Harris Corporation, Boeing, the U.S military, the European Space Agency, Federal Aviation Agency and NASA, among others. Two graduates of the program have become astronauts. Space systems job options could include:

  • Space Systems Architect
  • Space Technologist
  • Space Systems Operations
  • Space Systems Project Manager
  • Launch Systems Expert
  • Program Manager
  • Propulsion Technician
  • Control and Navigation System Analyst

Salary Expectations

Salaries for a space systems job varies based on a number of factors including industry, company size, location and job responsibilities. In addition to the wages individuals earn, master's degree graduates often earn other compensation such as stock options, performance bonuses, expense allowances and company-paid benefits. Visit salary.com to search for information on the space systems job desired by the industry and geographic location of choice.