Space job opportunities continue to skyrocket. The nonprofit Space Foundation found that Pentagon spending on space has more than doubled since 2005, and private space employment reached a nine-year high in 2021. Space jobs continue to diversify, thanks to commercial space investment and the need to grow the U.S. Space Force.

Leading defense contractor and innovator Booz Allen is currently looking to hire aerospace professionals in fields ranging from engineering and architecture to finance.

Booz Allen Solutions Architect Michelle Harper notes they’re looking for folks who are into data and software, but that experience area doesn’t need to be aerospace—commercial skills can translate into the defense sector, and professionals with different programming language skills can be retrained into the languages needed to support current efforts.

Software is ever-changing,” says Nick Abercrombie, a Booz Allen systems engineer in aerospace. “How do you have a stable solution for years to come? You have to be innovative on all sides.” Because these missions blend technical and consulting expertise, there are a variety of paths that can take you into a space career at Booz Allen.


If the chance to make a real difference in the global power competition doesn’t entice you—maybe the chance to live out your childhood dreams will.

“Space is just cool,” says Abercrombie. “I watched Star Wars. I watched Star Trek. We’re really doing those things. I can look up at the sky and see LEO satellites, and I get to point those out to my kids. We work on stuff that goes 30,000 kilometers up in space. It’s nice to be in an industry that’s funded, that’s growing, and that’s constantly changing.”

Funding and interest in aerospace continues to grow, and so does the investment. Aerospace professionals emphasize they’re at the cusp of major muscle movements in the technical landscape supporting space missions.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years. We have a lot of capability, and we must continue that through innovation,” says Harper. “We need a well-rounded, diverse workforce to together solve this problem. We have to deliver capabilities now; it’s not tomorrow; it’s not two years from now. There is a sense of urgency which we really need people to understand.”


With growth in the aerospace sector, professionals with the right skills have options. So why choose Booz Allen?

“At Booz Allen, it really is all about the people,” says Abercrombie. “The culture sets the standard. I’ve got close colleagues who work in 20 different offices, and it’s amazing how connected we all are. We’ve got a broad culture, and it’s a big tent.”

The caliber of excellence across the workforce is something employees continually point to as what attracts them to Booz Allen.

“My favorite thing about Booz Allen is you feel like you’re doing a group project with everyone who cares about the same end goal,” says Recruiter Olivia Kerschinske.

Unlike other government contractors where the interview process may focus on whether you’re a fit for a specific contract, Booz Allen takes a more holistic approach.

“We’re trying to find people who can work for our company throughout their career,” says McGuire. “What that means is you don’t have to change companies every time you want to do something different. We strategize with our employees and create growth plans that allow them to work on the type of projects they’re most interested in.”


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