Space exploration industries

Physics degrees holders make up the majority of employees in the space exploration, satellite and affiliated research industries.

Typically, physicists and aeronautical engineers are expected to apply scientific principles to the research, design and development of advanced satellite and space technologies. 

Those working in the area usually specialise in a particular field, but generic tasks might include investigating the use of new materials and technologies and finding a practical application; problem solving in the design process; and measuring and improving the performance of cutting-edge vehicles and technology. 

Companies and organisations that recruit physics graduates include:

Other sources of information include:

If you would like to learn more about space science, a Master's course will give you more specialised knowledge and can improve your employability. There's more advice about finding suitable courses in the further study section.

Do you want to spend your working life on the final frontier? Why not find out more about how one physicist broke into the industry?

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last edited: October 15, 2019

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