"A Must Read for any student or job seeker interested in space"

Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award for best career book

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  • From the exploration of new planets to understanding the universe around us; from building and testing rockets and systems to analyzing data that allow us to monitoring the Earth's environment; from using satellites that help the world communicate to researching and employing the latest cutting edge technologies that benefit space and Earth alike -- a career in the space industry might be for you!

    And space is not just for engineers and scientists. There are careers for managers, writers, artists, computer programmers, environmentalists, policy analysts, lawyers, accountants, and financiers.

    Written by legendary space author Leonard David, entrepreneur Scott Sacknoff, and with a foreword from Gemini astronaut and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Space Careers is designed to provide students and job seekers the information they need to succeed. No matter if you are in high school, in college, a graduate student, or in the workforce... Space Careers will provide you with information you need to find or further your career.

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    Inside You'll Learn

  • Schools with dedicated programs related to space and the space sciences
  • Scholarships and fellowships that can help pay your education
  • COOP and work opportunities giving real-world experience to students
  • Advice from an industry CEO on the interview process and resume tips
  • Where and how to identify job opportunities
  • Details on how and where to network in the industry
  • How to keep on top of industry trends and activities
  • The top hiring companies
  • Universities building their own student designed satellites and rockets
  • Opportunities to access to the highest power telescopes to explore the galaxy
  • Featuring words of wisdom and advice from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr, Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson, Ball Aerospace executive Deborah Facktor Lepore, alongside scientists, engineers, and business professionals working in the industry.

    Why space? Need help in deciding what to do?
    Learn from those currently working in the sector why they chose to work in the space industry and get practical advice.

    Name Organization Job Title
    Debra Facktor Lepore Ball Aerospace VP/GM Strategic Operations
    Kobie Boykins Jet Propulsion Laboratory Principal Mechanical Engineer
    Dino Lorenzini SpaceQuestCEO/Satellite Engineer

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    Table of Contents

  • Foreword: "Your Pathway to Tommorrow" by Buzz Aldrin
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: What is the Space Industry? Activities that make up the space industry
  • Chapter 3: History: Only by understanding the past can one understand the present
  • Chapter 4: Inside the Space Economy: The Role of Government, Military, Industry, Academia
  • Chapter 5: Choosing the Space Career For You: Understanding satellites, rockets, ground, satellite services, remote sensing, GPS, microgravity, space science, non-technical positions
  • Chapter 6: Colleges and Universities: Identifying schools with space-related programs, scholarships, fellowships, getting experience
  • Chapter 7: Finding a Job for the First Time...Or the Not So First Time: How to identify employment opportunities
  • Chapter 8: Networking: Your Key To Success: Where and How to Network
  • Chapter 9: A Foot in the Door: Now What?: Three Reasons I'd Look Twice at Your Resume. My Top 5 Interview Questions
  • Chapter 10: Are Your Astronaut Material?
  • Appendix A: Key Space Terms and Acronyms
  • Appendix B: Company & Institutions Contract Information
  • Appendix C: Universities Offering Space-Related Degree Programs
  • Appendix D: Universities with Astronomy & Astrophysics Degrees
  • About the Authors

    Leonard David is a best-selling author and space journalist who has reported on space activities for more than 50 years. Winner of the National Space Club Press Award and the 2015 Ordway Award, Leonard has served as editor-in-chief of the National Space Society`s Ad Astra, Space World, and Final Frontier magazines as well as being a featured contributor to publications such as Space News, SPACE.com, Aerospace America, Sky and Telescope, and Aviation Week & Space Technology. He has consulted with NASA, other government agencies and the aerospace community and served as Director of Research for the National Commission on Space, a U.S. Congress/White House study that appraised the next 50-100 years of space exploration. In 2013, he co-authored, with Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.

    Scott Sacknoff began his career developing and testing next generation Space Shuttle engine components before shifting to policy, finance, and commercial space assignments for NASA, DoD, private sector contractors, and the investment community. As a consultant and entrepreneur he authored the "State of the Space Industry" for many years and founded the International Space Business Council to promote commercial space opportunities. Today he serves as the publisher of the history journal, Quest: The History of Spaceflight, operates the Commercial Space & Business Archives, and manages the SPADE Defense Index, the underlying benchmark for the Powershares Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSE: PPA).