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How to get a job at NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration in short NASA has been around since 1958 and are responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and space research.

Since they have been around many space projects have been led by them including Apollo where the first human had landed on the moon.

That is pretty exciting right?

Would you like to join these exciting operations and travel through space?

In this blog we will talk about how you can get a job at NASA, what you need to qualify, how to apply.

We will also discuss what jobs are available at NASA and last but not least we will discuss how much you can earn when you have a job at NASA. Are you excited?

Let’s hop right in!

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How to qualify for a job at NASA?

To be able to get a job at NASA you will need to complete a standard specialized program and earn at least a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college in the subjects Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering and Life Science. 

The program should be a 30 semester hour program with the combination of computer science, mathematics and statistics. Within those 30 hours, 15 hours must be any combination of statistics and mathematics including differential and integral calculus.

These are just some of the basic requirements in order to apply for that dream job you pursue at NASA. We know that getting a job at NASA can be challenging but it’s not impossible.

They want well educated employees because they know that their world has an impact and can change the world as we see it today.

How to apply for a job at NASA?

NASA has been around since 1958 and employs about 17000 people and many more sub contractors.

Their hiring process can be hard because they admit the best of the best. You may wonder where to find a job at NASA and how to apply, right?

Head over to https://www.usajobs.gov/ and search for NASA and you will get all open positions that NASA has at that moment and find which position is suitable for you.

USAJOBS website homepage screenshot
USAJOBS website homepage screenshot

You will also see where they need an employee for that position.

Searched for NASA on USAJOBS website
Searched for NASA on USAJOBS website

The information about how much you will be earning or starting with is also available on this website so you have a full understanding of what you will be doing and how much you will get paid to do that.

Once you have found a job that you desire and click on it you will get the full details of that job where you can find more information about the job.

A full description, location, salary raeven information about needing a drug test or not is available.

You can also find other benefits that are included for that position.

If you still believe that you are on the right track and you have what it takes you can simply hit the apply button and follow the rest of that procedure.

The site is really safe and very confidential so there is no need to worry about the privacy of the data that you share. It will only be used for the purpose of hiring you.

Job Titles at NASA and how much they make

We know that you are curious about the jobs at NASA and how much those people earn with their dream job after a long and hard study right?

Let’s discuss 3 of these jobs and see what they are about and how much you can earn with them.


The lowest paying job that is currently listed on the website is the secretary.

The responsibilities of the secretary are to receive and screen phone calls, maintain leave and attendance records, arrange temporary duty trips and prepare awards for detachment personnel and many more.

The salary range for Secretary position is between $41,639 – $67,047 per year.

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

The highest paying position that is currently listed is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

The responsibilities of this role are managing the tracking of major internal and external projects, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, Provides advice to NASA leadership on NASA policies, plans and programs and many more.

The salary range for Deputy Chief Financial Officer position is between $194,127 – $199,527 per year.

Aerospace Engineer

The responsibilities for this role is to pilot modified aircrafts conducting airborne science research.

This person should also partake in development, testing, evaluating and reporting on newly modified aircrafts.

The salary range for Aerospace Engineer position is between $129,946 – $176,300 per year. 

How much do people make at NASA?

Because there are so many different positions available, each with their own difficulty, education and experience the range in salary is also very different.

The lowest paying job at NASA pays around $40000 per year while the highest paying job pays almost $200000 per year.

The average salary for people working at NASA ranges between $100000 and $150000 per year.

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We can conclude that NASA has had many projects ever since they were founded in 1958 and over the years they have hired over 17000 employees globally.

To get your dream job at NASA you need to complete your bachelor’s degree at an accredited college.

The program should consist of 30 semester hours in the subjects of Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering and Life Science.

To apply to these jobs you will need to headover to their employee hiring site and find your appropriate job and apply following their very private procedure.

There are several jobs available in different areas that require a different skill set and therefore a different salary range but the most common salary ranges at NASA are between $100000 and $150000 a year.

The lowest paying salary is around $40000 per year as a secretary while the highest paying salary in a currently available position as Deputy Chief Financial Officer pays around $200000 per year.

We hope that this blog has helped you getting some understanding what you need to qualify for a position at NASA and how you can pursue that dream.

Shawn Stolting

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