Astronauts go through very specialized and intense training to prepare for these space missions. They must pass certain physical requirements as well as comprehensive academic and mental exams. Astronauts fly to various destinations to conduct research and experiments.
Astronauts must go through training for each mission that they serve on. They must ensure that they maintain appropriate physical shape, as that comes into play for successfully flying on the spacecraft and carrying out the missions.
Median Salary: $55,000 per year
Astronauts can work in a variety of different positions and therefore the salary can be anywhere from $27,000 for those just starting out to over $80,000 for those with great experience and responsibilities. Astronauts receive excellent benefits, including medical coverage, paid vacation, tuition reimbursement, pension savings account, and potentially even more.
Where are Jobs Available?
SpaceX: Hawthorne, California
John F. Kennedy Space Center: Florida