A recent article featured on CNNMoney says that NASA's program for Mars Rover, Curiosity, created 700 jobs and supported 7,000 jobs over the past 8 years internally at NASA and at other companies. Considering this, we examined NASA's hiring demand over the past 4 years.
The volume of ads online remained fairly steady over the past year. Previously, there were some ups and downs, possibly because NASA began hiring for the Curiosity project years in advance. The highest volume of ads appeared in August 2009 with over 4,800 job ads posted online.
4 Year Hiring Demand for NASA Related Jobs
Currently, 320 companies that provide a service or product for NASA (as per their job ads) are recruiting for more than 2,600 positions. These services include, but are not limited to parts manufacturers, material suppliers, and technical research. The most advertised titles for these positions include:
- Systems Engineer
- Software Engineer
- Electronic Devices Repairer
- Special Electronic Devices Repairer
- Program Manager
- Senior Software Engineer
- Senior Systems Engineer
- Quality Engineer
- Pararescue Apprentice
- Mechanical Engineer
Certifications, clearances and requirements for these positions include:
- Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information Clearance (TS SCI)
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- American National Standards (ANSI)
- FAR Part 23 Certification (FAR)
Our Hiring Scale™ shows that the location with the best conditions to recruit for NASA related positions is Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL, which is near Cape Canaveral, FL, home of NASA Kennedy Space Center. Otherwise, Recruiters will experience moderate difficulty recruiting nationwide.
Below are the most advertised jobs at NASA:
- Aerospace Engineer Ast Aerospace Flight Systems
- Engineer Various Titles Aerospace Technologist Ast
- Information Technology Specialist
- Aerospace Engineer
- Computer Engineer Ast Software Systems
- Human Resources Specialist
- Computer Scientist Research Engineer
*In advertised job ads AST refers to Aerospace Technology or Technologist.
The 4 year hiring demand for positions at NASA shows the largest peak of online job ads listed in August 2009 with over 1,300 ads, which is the same time that NASA's providers and partners also saw a peak in demand. This could represent a period when budgets or plans were approved to move forward with Mars Curiosity project contributing to a need for more employees. In the past year the following positions have seen upward movement in demand at NASA: Aerospace Engineers have seen a 163% increase, Computer Software Engineers have seen a 131% increase, and Electrical Engineers 106% increase. Since then, job demand has remained low ranging from 130 to less than 10 job ads posted online per month. However, hiring demand at NASA is about 475% higher than this time last year. With reports that NASA is now downsizing, seeing an upswing in Aerospace Engineers, Computer Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers might indicate that NASA is moving onto other projects.
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