Careers

The UK Space Industry has a total income of £14.8 billion and employs close to 42,000 people. The UK currently makes up 5.1% of the global space economy (2016/17) and the government aims to increase this to 8% by 2020, and 10% by 2030. You can see the current report on gov.uk.

Our careers events provide opportunities for students to meet people working in the space sector; from scientists to space engineers; astronomers to astrophysicists. We have connections with companies like Airbus, Rolls Royce, the RAF, Satellite Applications Catapult and leading universities across the UK who send representatives to discuss all things space science with young people attending our careers events.

There are many paths to a career in the space sector, and many options once you get there. We take a closer look at some of these options and provide opportunity for discussion; so that students are able to explore where Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths might take them. 

Find out more and book our regular events on the links below.

Year 10 Year 12Chemistry at WorkCareers Links


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Keynote Speakers

The National Space Academy has welcomed numerous guest speakers to our Career Conferences. They provide students with insight, inspiration and information on possible careers in an exciting and dynamic sector.

  • Professor Charles Cockell

    Prof Charles CockellThe search for life and beyond the Earth

    Professor of Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh

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  • Dr Helen Sharman OBE

    Helen SharmanBritain's first Astronaut in Space

    Crew Member of the Anglo Soviet Juno Mission, 1991

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  • Dr Simon Sheridan

    Dr Simon SheridanRosetta Mission

    Simon is involved in the development and characterisation of instrumentation for the in-situ

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See more previous Keynote Speakers


 Industry links

We are supported by universities, organisations and research groups, who attend our events to speak to students about the sectors they work in. Information about many of these can be found on our funders, supporters and partners page