Using my degree skills in this sector
There are a broad range of opportunities, particularly for those with scientific and technical skills, but also for students from non-technical backgrounds.
You can use your fundamental understanding of the science behind materials, propulsion, signal propagation and processing, gravitational forces and (space) weather systems to contribute to the design, manufacture and effective use of essential components and instruments required for space technology.
If you wish to pursue further academic study and research, you can specialise in areas such as astrophysics and astronomy, or other areas related to the science of space. The Institute of Physics has produced a guide on space technology outlining the range of opportunities for physics students.
Mechanical engineers and aerospace engineers can get involved in the design and manufacture of spacecraft and satellites.
Electronics engineers can help develop complex instruments and components.
Chemical engineers can work on the development of fossil fuels, materials and energy sources.
Computer science and maths students
If you have advanced IT and programming skills, you will be much in demand to create and develop the programmes and applications required by the sector, as will students with mathematical modelling skills and the ability to manage large data sets across a whole range of applications.
Any graduate with the right skills can progress into commercial areas supporting the space industry, such as law, marketing and PR, sales, finance, project management and insurance.
The public interest in space means that there are opportunities in science outreach and communication for those with enthusiasm, knowledge and good communications skills.
Further space-related job profiles can be found on SpaceCareers.uk.
You may also be interested in hearing more from the Space Communications Manager at the National Space Centre in a recent video covering the opportunities out there in science writing and communications (see under Science writing heading).