Jill Tarter, the director of SETI, has been searching for 35 years for alien life. She uses giant radio telescopes to scan space for signals from alien species. Unfortunately, she hasn't found any signal yet. When Jill was young she would walk along the beach with her father and look up at the skies. She says, " I assumed, at that time, that along some beach on some planet, there would be a small creature walking with its dad and they would see our sun in their sky, and they might wonder whether there was anyone out there. Jill at a young age showed connections to her life long vocation.
In graduate school, Jill Tarter worked on a project designed to search radio frequencies for clues about extraterrestrial life forms. The project, known as SERENDIP, was part of the Search for Aliens based at the University of California, Berkeley. She got really interested in it and has devoted her life to the search for alien life. Jill Tarter's projects annual salary is $2 million a year. Jill Tarter has spent 35 years in the quest for extraterrestrial life and announced her retirement in 2012.