Do some stargazing as part of your work day. Examine soil samples from the moon. Work at NASA! Pursue a career as an astrobiologist.
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:
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.
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.
Most astrobiologists work for NASA, but many start as microbiologists before getting an opportunity to pursue astrobiology.
Explore microbiologist jobs here.
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.