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How do I get a chemistry job in NASA?

  1. Feb 12, 2016 #1
    Getting into NASA would be my greatest achievement.
    Presently, I am a chemistry graduating student.
    Do I need to study something to get qualified there?
    (I am not a US citizen)
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  3. Feb 12, 2016 #2
    NASA jobs are tough to get even for highly qualified US citizens.
  4. Feb 12, 2016 #3
    why? can you give me an insight?
  5. Feb 12, 2016 #4
    Lots of people want to work at NASA. There is an oversupply of job candidates.

    In general, for people with permission to work in the US, getting jobs with an ACS accredited Chemistry degree and a good GPA is not difficult.

    But the jobs at NASA and the government labs are in high demand, and harder to get.

    NASA programs are also not being funded as strongly as in the past, which means fewer jobs.
  6. Feb 12, 2016 #5
    That's why I just don't trust studying chemistry alone could get me higher.
    I agree, most of the government offices (not just labs) I have come across had been cutting everything down.

    Then I shall start with the supporting companies.
    I am actually taking advantage of being an intern as to earn experience, and exposure to technical stuffs as a preparation.
    Presently, I just got another internship at a nuclear research facility.

    I heard that some NASA's researches are contracted out.
    Is it true?
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  8. Feb 12, 2016 #7
    Usually the stuff that is contracted out is more development than pure research, but a lot of that is contracted out.
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