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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Dr Caitlin Byrt
Plant Scientist at ANU
Caitlin’s research background in agricultural science and an interest in the power of plants is now being applied to solve complex problems for astronauts on the International Space Station.
Dr Cassandra Steer
Senior Lecturer at ANU College of Law, Dr Cassandra Steer
Ask Cassandra and she’ll tell you space law isn’t about making treaties with aliens - it’s about keeping space secure and peaceful, and is fast becoming an area of keen interest among practicing lawyers.
Dr Kimberley Clayfield
Director of Space Technology Future Science Platform at CSIRO
With a career journey that has touched on everything from research and development to human space travel, Kimberley’s early dreams of working in the space industry are now a reality.
Dr Megan Clark AC
Inaugural Head of the Australian Space Agency, Dr Megan Clark AC
Megan’s career journey saw her working in mining, finance, science and research before becoming the first Head of the Australian Space Agency – also known as Space Agent One.
Mechatronics Engineer at CERN, Eloise Matheson
Eloise’s career journey has taken her all over Earth and space, working alongside robots, astronauts and likeminded people who are passionate about the space industry.
Head of the Australian Space Agency
Enrico’s career transitions from Australia’s resources sector to European tech start-up, Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company and from there to Head of the Australian Space Agency.
Systems Engineer and Trials Manager at Nova Systems, Erin Madden
Working with rockets was something Erin always aspired to, so her career pathway found her working in defence, where she is building her space skills as a systems engineer.
Flight Lieutenant Joelene Buntain PhD
Space R&D Coordinator, Defence Space Command
Growing up under clear, country skies, Joelene’s fascination of the stars led to a career where she became known as the ‘flying astrophysicist’, and now works in the Defence Space Command.