What are chemical engineers doing at NASA

Work for NASA

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    Find out about the various options at NASA.When you think of NASA, the first thing that probably comes to mind is astronauts. If a trip into space doesn't appeal to you, you may still be able to find a rewarding career at NASA. Here are some career examples:[2][3]
    • Doctors, nurses and psychotherapists.
    • Researchers, engineers, geologists, microbiologists and physicists.
    • Authors, HR specialists and communication specialists.
    • Programmer or IT specialist.
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    Find out where your talents lie in academia.If you want to work for a position at NASA, it is helpful to think about your strengths as early as possible. So you can think about which position would be best for you. Think about the following:
    • Which school subjects are you best in? For example, if everyone wanted to be your partner in physics class, then perhaps a career in applied physics at NASA might be for you.
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    Think about what your passion is and what interests you have. Even if you are really good at something, like math or chemistry, a career at NASA will be very exhausting, as will the courses you have to take to qualify. You should try to choose a career path that not only fits your skills, but that you are passionate about.

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    Think about your studies.Once you've come up with a plan for your ideal career at NASA, it's a good idea to carefully think about the different subjects you will be taking in school and / or university. Meet with your academic supervisor regularly to make sure you are taking the correct courses and the correct number of courses.
    • Especially if you want to become an astronaut, engineer, or scientist at NASA, you should choose an education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math.[4]
    • You should also find out as early as possible whether your dream job at NASA requires a diploma or doctoral degree. This could affect where you study or which courses you should take beforehand.
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    Learn intensely.It's a little joke at NASA, when asked how you can get a job there, to answer that you have to study intensively. But it is still true that therein lies the key.[5]
    • You have to devote yourself to your studies and make sure that you not only have the required grades, but also really understand the material.
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    Choose the right school. If you are still in school and reading this, then you are doing it right if you think about how to proceed early on. Take some time and find out about universities that specialize in science and try to enroll in the best possible one.

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    Find out about the résumés of current NASA employees.One of the best ways to get where you want to go is to find out how others got it. You can read the résumés of some successful employees on the NASA website.
    • Notice where they did their undergraduate and graduate degrees and whether they did internships or research grants.
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    Think about whether a similar path is an option for you. Are these universities you can be admitted to? If you are already studying but are not sure whether your degree programs are adequate or prestigious enough, you could possibly do your last or your last two years at another university.

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    Gather extensive knowledge.While you will likely focus on studying science, you shouldn't forget about the humanities. For example, it might be useful to study philosophy, history, and / or ethics.
    • You will learn how to read and analyze complicated texts, develop better problem-solving skills, and develop your critical thinking skills. It will also help you think carefully about important moral issues. All of these will be useful in your future career at NASA.
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    Develop yourself into a versatile personality.Another priority should be to fully express yourself. This means that you not only deepen your knowledge, but also take care of your health and work on your communication skills and leadership skills. It's also important that you know how to relax and have fun.
    • Try to find some time for extracurricular activities that will help you achieve your goals. For example, you could join the science club, math club, or debate team, be elected head boy, join the volleyball team, or join the school band.