Have you got a degree in engineering or biological science? Are you physically fit, with a burning desire to breach the atmosphere and explore what’s out there in the big wide open? Then I’ve got great news for you: In what has to be the coolest help-wanted ad ever, NASA put out a call for astronauts.
The job listing went live on USA Jobs on Friday, and it described the gig as follows: “Astronaut Candidate. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program and future deep space exploration activities.” (Way to douse every other job in the database with total lameness by comparison.)
Sadly, a tech or aviation degree won’t quite cut it. NASA wants a bachelor’s in engineering, biological science, physical science, or math, and candidates must also have at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in a jet aircraft, three years of related experience or equivalent advanced degrees. The organization does also value teaching experience, so educators are encouraged to apply. If you have those qualifications, and can pass NASA’s long-duration space flight physical, then you might be a shoe-in as a trainee for the program.
Business Insider also pointed out a funny bit in the listing, which says, “Frequent travel may be required.” Man, ain’t that the truth.
NASA Astronaut’s Salary: $64,724–141,715
Coolest business cards on Earth (and beyond): $50–100
Hitting the outer reaches of space: Priceless