The U.S. Space Force is no longer a bouncing baby branch of the U.S. military – it’s a fully functioning service, with commissioned officers and its own budget. If space is calling, here are five very in-demand fields where the U.S. Space Force is looking for qualified military, government, or contract professionals.

1. Program Management

Space Force is launching new programs, and those programs will continually require new professionals to make sure they are operating on time and within budget. Program managers are needed within the military and civilian service, as well as with defense contractors supporting new space force missions. If there is a program, it needs a PM to manage it.

2. Acquisitions.

This may be the most important part of the new Space Force mission – there are new challenges to solve, and it will take new acquisitions to meet those challenges. The U.S. Space Force budget in 2020 is $10.3 billion. As a new service, it’s budget is already nearly half of what NASA spends in a year. Space innovators will quickly be looking to the U.S. Space Force to field the latest in satellite and space technology.

3. IT and Cybersecurity.

The U.S. Space Force exists to defend earth through space. That includes some pretty sweet cyber defenses. Whether it’s a satellite system or a government-issued laptop, cybersecurity professionals will keep systems up and running, and create the IT infrastructure of a new organization.

4. training.

The military doesn’t exist without doctrine – and the U.S. Space Force gets to create theirs. What are the rules for defending interests in space? Training and doctrine professionals will be needed to figure that out.

5. space operations.

These are the folks with the jobs of defending the satellites and dealing with the response when surveillance assets need to be mobilized.

These are just five career areas that will help the U.S. Space Force launch its way into the future. Stay tuned for more career opportunities as the agency grows. 

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.