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What Kinds of Jobs Do People Have at JPL?

What Kinds of Jobs Do People Have at JPL? Engineers test the range of motion of the Mars Science Laboratory rover’s robotic arm joints. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Full caption


It takes a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to explore planets, study galaxies and monitor Earth from space. Here are just a few examples of our scientists and engineers:

Planetary geologists study the terrain of other planets through images and   science instruments. They also study rocks and terrain here on Earth.

Vulcanologists study volcanoes on Earth, other planets and moons. Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.

Software engineers program computers so spacecraft will follow our instructions.

Mechanical engineers think about how the spacecraft and instruments will work as a whole system and they help build them with that in mind.

Careers at NASA and JPL, however, are not only for scientists and engineers.

Business people help plan and pay for projects.

Animators, writers and Web developers illustrate and explain what our missions do.

Educators teach science and math ideas and activities to teachers and students.

The jobs are as creative as the mission of space exploration.