With the Australian Space Agency (ASA) becoming a reality, careers within the space industry are set to grow in Australia. And you don’t just have to be an astronaut or astronomer to get in on the Space action.
Think outside the box, scientists specialising in astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geology, medicine, meteorology, and physics. Technicians in communications, CAD, lasers, quality assurance, radar, robotics and satellites. Electricians. Aeronautical, avionics, instrumentation, computer, materials, mechanical, robotics and space craft engineers are amongst other fields that will be in demand. Not to mention to administrative and other related fields.
What type of person would these jobs suit?
• Strong STEM skills and a passion for space exploration could help you stand out
• You’ll need to be a great team player with good leadership qualities, who’s also capable of following instructions
• Be inquisitive, innovative and great at problem solving in order to come up with solutions for problems and scenarios that are out of the ordinary
• Good communication and listening skills are extremely important in this industry to avoid making mistakes and potentially costly mis-communications
Related Industries that could be a pathway into the Space industry include:
• Science and Technology
• Aviation and Aviation Technology
• IT, Digital communications and media
If you’re keen to pursue a career in aerospace or one of the related industries, you’ll find there are many pathways that’ll get you there.
Lots of the professional roles will require at least a Bachelor degree, possibly even a Masters if you’re going to beat other competitors to the job. Look for degrees that offer internships, cadetships and other work experience roles, in addition to the qualification. Not only will you get experience which looks great on your CV, you’ll also be getting paid.
Study Bachelor of Space Science at RMIT and successfully complete it, you’ll be eligible for one of the Honours or Postgraduate programs.
Alternatively, you could start out with a Certificate II, III or IV in Aeroskills, like the one offered at TAFE Gippsland. It’s a 4-year apprenticeship course that will give you nationally recognised qualifications and work experience. You can go on to study a Diploma of Aeroskills, which could be a pathway to University and other further studies.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Apprenticeship / Traineeship
Or VET qualification in Aeroskills
Working in this role, you’d be installing, maintaining and repairing aircraft engines, mechanical structures, fuselage, undercarriage, electrical, instrument and radio systems. As well as aircraft structures and surface finishes.
You’d be working alongside or under the supervision of a degree qualified engineer.
Once you’ve received Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) trade certificate and had sufficient work experience, you could do further studies and become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME).
You could expect to earn $70,000 once qualified & depending on experience and additional qualifications.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Edinburgh, SA
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Wagga Wagga, NSW
Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Perth, WA
Technical Intelligence Assessment Analyst
You could find yourself working in the Defence Intelligence Organisation in the Weapons and Technical Intelligence branch. Conduct complex research and engineering analysis of weapon systems, radars, sensors, platforms and military technologies.
This could be a pathway in the aerospace industry.
The salary range for this position is advertised from $67,000 – $92,000.
Jobs: Technical Intelligence Assessment Analyst – Russell, ACT
Design and develop new electrical system, solve problem and test equipment.
A career in this role could take you into the fields of robotics, deep space communications, control systems, extra-terrestrial GPS navigation and positioning, remote power generation and storage networks, imaging systems and more. All of which links nicely to the space industry.
The average salary listed for this industry is a whopping $91,000 per year.
RAAF Electrical Engineer – Australia
Electrical Engineer – Power – Adelaide, SA
Electrical Design Engineer – ACT
A degree in this field could lead to a career researching star formations, or working as a planetarium director. Responsible for forecasting geomagnetic storms for the BOM. The options are endless, but without doubt it will be related to the Space industry.
An entry level astrophysicist can expect to earn an average salary of $74,000 per year. But with some experience, you could easily be earning over $100,000 per year.
Research Fellow in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics – Melbourne, VIC
Research Fellow in X-Tay Optics – Melbourne, VIC
Lecturer -Sydney, NSW
Senior Machine Learning Engineer – Sydney, NSW
Growth in this industry is strong and expected to improve.
Student Life in the Tertiary World
Choosing what to study and where to study is really just the tip of the iceberg. Once you've finally made the big decision and turned up for your first day, student life is everything that follows. Your time as a student is a whole lot more than just showing up to class and displaying a diploma on your wall. Rather, it's about the complete picture and what you get out of your experience, including minor ups and downs and the general challenges that come with taking time out to complete post-compulsory education.
How to get Industry Experience While You are Still Studying
It’s never too early to start thinking about getting your foot in the door. University can be a tad overwhelming for new students but once you’ve become settled, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any workplace opportunities.
Whether it’s through an internship, volunteering, work experience or a combination of all three, getting ahead is entirely possible while you’re still studying.
Teenage Volunteering Abroad
Projects Abroad run a series of specialised overseas volunteering programs tailored specifically to teenagers aged 15-18. These programs are a great way to step outside your comfort zone and help make a difference in communities around the world. They have trips that run all throughout the year, with most designed to fit in around the school holidays. Trips run to a variety of countries all around the world. You can choose from a wide variety of volunteer activities, including education, medicine, sports, journalism, cultural immersion, and more.
You will be placed with other volunteers your age. Even if you have never been overseas before, Project Abroad staff will be with you every step of the way to make sure you have the best experience possible.
If you are interested, you can read more about the programs on offer here: https://www.projects-abroad.com.au/trip-format/high-school-specials/
Are you choosing a course for the right reasons?
Picking a course can be tough. You need to think about what you want to study, how you want to do it and where, while also considering the best path towards your chosen career. There are big differences between courses, so how do you know you’re making the right choice? We take a look at some of the reasons why you shouldn’t choose a course.
Your Free Guide to a Career in Dietetics
We asked two dietitians what they love about their job. Sally Marchini said that it is helping people to understand their health concerns and improve their life, and Josh Reed said that it’s motivating and empowering people and learning how to improve his own health.
There is plenty of variety in the university course, which includes statistics, psychology, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition sciences, food science as well as being competent in the three main areas of dietetics – clinical, food service management and community dietetics. This gives a range of potential career paths with a dietetics degree
Discovery your Path to Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists play an important role in keeping people moving, whether it be for maximum performance in athletes and people with chronic health conditions. They also have an impact on patients who require rehabilitation after events such as surgery or a catastrophic accident. It can be rewarding to see patients reach their goals.
How to Become a Teacher Step by Step
HSC students, this is your step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher in a NSW public school
What is Forensic Science really like?
What’s it really like to have that dream job you’ve been eyeing off? We’ve found out for you and are busting myths about some hard-to-pin-down careers in STEM. Professor Shari Forbes dishes the decomposing dirt on forensic science, and it’s nothing like CSI.
What Does a Marine Biologist Look Like?
Inspire your students to pursue marine biology at UTS Science, with this great short video of UTS graduate Justin Tierney. Justin currently works at Port Stephens Fisheries Institute as a Fisheries Technician. He says participating in field trips to Heron Island and Stroud in his degree helped to reinforce the theoretical knowledge he learnt in class.
Great Video on being a Youth Worker
Youth work is a career that involves working for and with young people in a variety of ways. The key thing that differentiates a youth worker from other community service workers is that young people are their primary focus. It’s about ensuring young people feel supported in developing the skills they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Building the cyber security workforce
Cyber security is now one of the most rapidly growing industries globally. The threat posed by the perpetrators of malicious cyber activities has spurred governments, the private sector and the research community to invest in cyber security products and services to the tune of around US$250 billion by 2026.
Australian Jobs 2018
Australian Jobs is one of the country’s foremost jobs publications. It provides an easy-to-read overview of industry and occupation trends in the labour market, and is designed to meet the needs of students, career advisers, people looking for work and those involved in the national employment service, jobactive.
This year’s edition has identified four key trends:
• Labour market conditions are strong — employment is up by a robust 403,300 over the year to January 2018.
• Young people are benefiting from the strong labour market conditions — industries with large numbers of young workers include Retail Trade (around 386,000), Accommodation and Food Services (385,000) and Construction (175,000).
• Australia’s industry structure is changing — today, more than three in every four Australian workers are employed in a service industry, with much of the growth driven by Health Care and Social Assistance.
• There are now more jobs for higher skilled workers — the majority of employment growth over the past five years has been in occupations that generally require post-school qualifications, and this trend is likely to continue.
The full report and a series of data snapshots is available on the Australian Jobs page. Download the Report - https://docs.jobs.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/australianjobs2018.pdf
Interior Design Industry Insights
Nina Starkey is a commercial and residential interior design lecturer gives some insight into what’s really exciting about the interior design industry at the moment and some other great tips. Read the article - http://www.billyblue.edu.au/news-events/blog/entry/nina-starkey-our-commercial-and-residential-interior-design-lecturer-at-our-brisbane-campus-gives-us-some-insight-into-what-s-really-exciting-about-the-interior-design-industry-at-the-moment-and-some-other-great-tips
It is essential to an increasing number of jobs and growing industries, and it is imperative that students are made aware of what these jobs are, and the kind of skills that they employ.
The following profiles highlight mathematically capable professionals from across Australia, who have all undertaken careers in which an understanding of mathematics is absolutely essential.
ART/WORK Online follows the career and study pathways of seven individuals working across varied roles in the visual arts sector: the curator, arts worker, artist, gallerist, art installer, educator, and conservator. See their stories - http://www.artmuseum.qut.edu.au/schools/watch-listen.jsp.
Becoming a dentist
This article from The Footnotes provides information about the different study paths you can take to becoming a dentist. Check it out – http://thefootnotes.com.au/how-to-become-a-dentist/.
SkillsOne: Community Services and Healthcare Videos
These videos give insights into the huge variety of work, study and career options in the community services and healthcare industry. http://www.skillsone.com.au/category/community-services-healthcare/.
A career in sports psychology
Read this profile to find out what sports psychology is and how you could pursue a career in it. Check it out – https://careerswithstem.com/profiles/sport-psychology/