NASA Workforce Map
NASA Occupations
NASA civil service employees are responsible for conducting aerospace research and development, managing resources, and operating our NASA facilities. Working for NASA is truly a unique experience. Whether you are supporting the programs that enable us to visit the outer planets, or are the very scientists that make amazing discoveries, there is a place for you at NASA.

We have organized our positions into occupational groupings. You can search for NASA vacancies by occupational groupings using NASA's Job Search page.


Professional, Engineering and Scientific (60% of NASA's positions)

Occupations in this category require knowledge in a specialized field such as science, math, engineering, law or accounting (depending on the specific position). These positions generally require a bachelor's degree or higher degree with major study in a specialized field. This group covers positions such as:

  • Accounting, GS-510
  • Aerospace Engineering, GS-861
  • Biology, GS-401
  • Computer Engineering, GS-854
  • Computer Science, GS-1550
  • General Engineering, GS-801
  • Meteorology, GS-1340
Image:  Engineer At Work
Administrative and Management (24% of NASA's positions)

Occupations in this category require knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices associated with organizations, administration or management. While these positions do not require specialized education (except for contracting positions), they do involve the type of skills (analytical, research, writing, judgment) typically gained through a college level education, or through progressively responsible experience. This group covers positions such as:

  • Administrative Specialist, GS-301
  • Budget Analyst, GS-560
  • Contract Specialist, GS-1102
  • Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210
  • Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035
Image:  Administrative Professionals
Clerical and Administrative Support (7% of NASA's positions)

Occupations in this category provide general office or program support duties such as preparing, receiving, reviewing, and verifying documents; processing transactions; maintaining office records; or locating and compiling data or information from files. This group covers positions such as:

  • Accounting Technician, GS-525
  • Clerk-Typist, GS-322
  • Management Assistant, GS-344
  • Office Automation Clerk, GS-326
  • Procurement Clerk, GS-1106
  • Secretary, GS-318
Image:  Clerical Support
Technical and Medical Support (9% of NASA's positions)

Occupations in this category support professional or administrative work. Duties require practical knowledge of techniques and equipment, gained through experience and/or specific training less than that represented by college graduation. This group covers positions such as:

  • Electronics Technician, GS-856
  • Engineering Technician, GS-802
  • Meteorological Technician, GS-1341
Image:  Medical Support
Pathways Programs (Federal Employment Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates)

This category includes a variety of positions, representing all of the occupational groups listed above. Positions are listed under this group if they are targeted towards current students and individuals accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational program; individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs; and advanced degree candidates.  Positions in this category include:

  • Internship Employment Program (IEP)
  • Recent Graduates Program (RGP)
  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
Image:  Students at Work