The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
NASA science is focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System, advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program, exploring bodies throughout the
Work Where the Extraordinary Becomes Your Ordinary
NASA is more than astronauts. We are scientists, engineers, IT specialists, human resources specialists, accountants, writers, technicians and many other kinds of people working together to break barriers to achieve the seemingly impossible. We tackle each adventure with curiosity and innovation to leave an enduring impact on the world and humanity.
Align your talents with your passion and find out why NASA consistently is named the best place to work in the federal government.
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Diversity Drives Innovation. At NASA, our people are as diverse as our mission. Our nearly 18,000 professionals come from a variety of backgrounds but are united by a common purpose: to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
Student and Recent Graduate Programs. It’s never too early to get started. At NASA, you have the opportunity to work and explore careers while still in school. The Pathways Program provides current students with paid work experience and recent graduates with a dynamic career development program at the beginning of their careers. Both offer the chance for permanent employment at the Agency. Also, NASA’s Office of Education offers the internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators.
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Solar System with advanced robotic spacecraft missions
NASA civil service employees are responsible for conducting aerospace research and development, managing resources, and operating our NASA facilities. Working for NASA is truly a unique experience. Whether you are supporting the programs that enable us to visit the outer planets or are the very scientists that make amazing discoveries, there is a place for you at NASA.
We have organized our positions into occupational groupings. You can search for NASA vacancies by occupational groupings using NASA's Job Search page.
Professional, Engineering and Scientific (60% of NASA's positions)
Occupations in this category require knowledge in a specialized field such as science, math, engineering, law or accounting (depending on the specific position). These positions generally require a bachelor's degree or higher degree with major study in a specialized field. This group covers positions such as:
Administrative and Management (24% of NASA's positions)
Occupations in this category require knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices associated with organizations, administration or management. While these positions do not require specialized education (except for contracting positions), they do involve the type of skills (analytical, research, writing, judgment) typically gained through a college level education, or through progressively responsible experience. This group covers positions such as:
Clerical and Administrative Support (7% of NASA's positions)
Occupations in this category provide general office or program support duties such as preparing, receiving, reviewing, and verifying documents; processing transactions; maintaining office records, or locating and compiling data or information from files. This group covers positions such as:
Technical and Medical Support (9% of NASA's positions)
Occupations in this category support professional or administrative work. Duties require practical knowledge of techniques and equipment, gained through experience and specific training less than that represented by college graduation. This group covers positions such as:
Pathways Programs (Federal Employment Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates)
This category includes a variety of positions, representing all of the occupational groups listed above. Positions are listed under this group if they are targeted towards current students and individuals accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational program; individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs; and advanced degree candidates. Positions in this category include: