When tech mogul Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, the rocket company “basically consisted of carpet and a mariachi band,” Musk said in September 2016. “That was it.”
Today SpaceX employs hundreds of people all over the US, and has vastly expanded its size, scope, and prowess with growing revenues from government and private contracts. The company’s ballooning expertise culminated in the first-ever full reuse of an orbital rocket booster — the most expensive part of the rocket — on March 30.
“This is going to be a huge revolution for spaceflight. It’s been 15 years to get to this point,” Musk said during a live broadcast of the launch. “I’m at a loss for words.”
With that historic launch in the rearview mirror, Musk said SpaceX is looking to make it a routine, if not boring, affair to launch, land, and re-launch within 24 hours.
“I’m confident it’s possible to achieve a 100-fold reduction” in the cost of getting stuff into space, Musk told reporters during a post-launch briefing.
SpaceX’s goals to turn expendable rockets into the thing of the past and build a fleet of 4,425 satellites to blanket Earth in high-speed internet access means there’s no shortage of work at the company.
In fact, SpaceX is looking to fill 473 open positions, according to its careers website on March 31.
The jobs currently available at SpaceX
SpaceX’s careers page offers a bewildering variety of jobs across 41 departments, and all the postings begin like this:
“SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.”
About two-thirds of the 473 positions are based at SpaceX’s global headquarters in Hawthorne, California (a city southwest of Los Angeles). The rest of the jobs are sprinkled across Brownsville and McGregor, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Irvine and Vandenberg, California; Redmond, Washington; and Washington, DC.
About 49% of the positions call for engineers, 33% for technicians, 5% for machinists, 5% for specialists, 5% for managers, and 1% for directors.
These gigs don’t all require multiple degrees or up-close experience working with rocket engines, robots, software, explosive fuels, or other high-tech systems required to colonize Mars.
SpaceX is looking for a counsel in Washington, DC, to protect its interests and ensure it’s legally compliant.
Or if you’re a former combat medic who knows how to secure and patrol a site, you might want to be their security officer in Vandenberg, California.
Are you a “passionate, experienced” line cook with at least two years of experience? The company may have a job for you in McGregor, Texas.
What about a barista who likes the idea of “fuelling” SpaceX’s “hardworking teams with the best sustainable products around” in Hawthorne, California? Musk is even looking for a good porter there, too.
What working for Musk and SpaceX is like
Some have praised Musk’s bold leadership, saying they would follow him “into the gates of hell carrying suntan oil” if he asked. But as former SpaceX interns have told Business Insider, “people who work there are more driven to work than they are driven to go home. They get burned out really quickly.”
Others have said that while SpaceX employees are “some of the hardest working and brightest people in the world,” they are “universally defeated” by the intense work demands and expectations.
If that doesn’t phase you, the resume you give SpaceX had better boast some serious qualifications.
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