Astrobiologist

Do some stargazing as part of your work day. Examine soil samples from the moon. Work at NASA! Pursue a career as an astrobiologist.

work as an astrobiologist, education required to become an astrobiologistWhat Does Working as an Astrobiologist Look Like?

NASA defines astrobiology as “the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.” Astrobiologists typically perform some or all of the following:

  • Analyse soil or ice samples to identify microorganisms present.
  • Search for evidence of life in samples from outer space.
  • Identify resources in planetary soils.
  • Participate in satellite-based experiments involving microorganisms in space.
  • Explore questions about planetary atmosphere and surface qualities on a microbial level.

Astrobiologist Salary and Forecast

Astrobiologists can expect to earn a median salary of $66,850. Astrobiology positions are limited and competitive, so it is important to invest in education and internship opportunities as you pursue this career path. 

What Education is Required to Work as an Astrobiologist?

There are very few astrobiology degree programs available, and astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field, so most people who work in this field get an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences before they go on to get a master’s degree in astrobiology. This certificate can be used in addition to a science undergraduate degree in preparation for the advanced education typically needed to work as an astrobiologist. The deep knowledge provided by this certificate program will better your chances at getting into graduate school. For more information, check out NASA’s recommended education and career path.

Astrobiologist Job Opportunities

Most astrobiologists work for NASA, but many start as microbiologists before getting an opportunity to pursue astrobiology.

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Lay the foundation for a career studying microorganisms of the moon, asteroids, meteorites and other planets. Apply today for a certificate in microbiology as you pursue a career in astrobiology.

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