What qualifications are required?
The Space Science and Technology sector typically employes people with primary degrees (NFQ Levels 7 or 8) and with a relatively high proportion of employees at postgraduate level (NFQ Levels 9 and 10).
Most of these degrees are in science and engineering related areas, but there is significant diversity in the subject specialisms. The broad scope of the sector covers disciplines including:
- aerospace engineering;
- communications engineering;
- electrical engineering;
- mechanical engineering;
- product assurance engineering;
- software engineering;
- systems engineering;
- chemistry; and
What are the typical routes into this sector?
Most employees in the space sector enter from college, generally having studied engineering or science. A space-related specialisation is often advantageous.