Explore inspiring career stories
There are many exciting career paths to follow right here on Earth. Space law, medicine, design and manufacturing, robotics and data analysis are just are few. We need a range of skills to support our growing space sector.
Growing the space workforce pipeline
The national space industry employs over 16,000 Australians and is becoming an emerging industry that will be a major employer of the future STEM workforce.
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Inaugural Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency, Anthony Murfett
Anthony started his career wanting to cure cancer but after a taking on a job in Washington DC, space became the centre of his world.
Associate Professor Kirk McKenzie
Space Instruments Manager at ANU, Associate Professor Kirk McKenzie
Kirk’s work in the pioneering field of gravitational waves will see three spacecraft launched in the 2030s, where they will orbit the sun and collect vital data on the Earth’s climate.
Associate Professor Marta Yebra
Director, ANU Bushfire Initiative, Associate Professor Marta Yebra
Marta decided early in her career that she wanted to so something to preserve the environment, and by using space technology her work now helps prevent catastrophic bushfires.
Earth Observation Scientist at Geoscience Australia
Bex’s space career journey has always featured water - moving from naval architecture to physical oceanography to earth observation scientist, where she uses satellite imagery to monitor Australia’s wetlands.
Science and Technology Lead, Space Structures at DSTG, Crystal Forrester
Inspired by a semester exchange which involved visiting NASA, Crystal’s career has focused on researching the future of cutting-edge space technologies in the defence sector.
Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency
With over 15 years of Senior Executive Service experience in the Australian Public Service, Dara has expertise in public administration, international diplomacy, national security and intelligence.
Dr Anastasia Volkova
CEO and Co-founder at Regrow, Dr Anastasia Volkova
A desire for an international career and qualifications in aerospace engineering supported Anastasia’s career journey and success as the co-founder of a business that uses space technology to help life on Earth.
Dr Andrew Thomas AO
NASA Astronaut (retired), Dr Andrew Thomas AO
As a retired NASA Astronaut, Andy’s career journey is the stuff of every child’s dreams – to be an astronaut and see Earth from space while working on the International Space Station.