Odd Jobs is a newsletter about careers that don’t fit in cubicles. Too many people are miserable with their lives, jobs, and themselves. Why not do something odd and make $$$ while you’re at it? I’ve got a million ideas for you.
I could not do my job this morning because I was watching people go to space.
Did any of you try to tell your boss that this morning or wish that you could?
Bet some of you had the live feed of Jeff Bezos and crew reaching zero gravity on mute as you nodded your head during an early morning Zoom call.
Bet, at least one of you, cursed out the 18-year-old guy on board out of pure jealously that it was not you.
I watched it too and thought, huh, how odd.
Not only is space tourism going to be a thing but so are opportunities around space travel.
So if you are space obsessed, which you could live on the moon, or want to get out of your cubicle and work a career that’s out of this world, let’s explore some odd outer space jobs.
The Traditional Route to Space
You could become an astronaut.
I know every kid under the age of 6 dreams of that, but you could try to go that path. You are still not guaranteed to go to space, but it could be a cool odd job if you’re passionate about the requirements.
Quick Facts About Astronaut Careers
Job Title: Astronaut
Office: On-Earth training and outer space missions
Description: Venture into space to research and explore the universe
Certifications/Education: Degree in engineering, science, or math, Must pass multiple tests
Necessary Skills: Physically fit, Military background, Intelligent
Potential Employers: Space Agency
Pay: $64,724 and $141,715 per year
Helpful Astronaut Employment Links:
At the end of the broadcast this morning, the news anchor said:
“If you want to head to space, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Of course not.
Looking into it more, Blue Origin is welcoming people to fly to space - but at a hefty price tag.
So maybe that’s not the best route to take - especially if you like odd jobs.
Odd Jobs if You Love Outer Space
Planetary Protection Officer
This is the ‘Man In Black’ job and the main responsibility should you get it is to ensure humans don’t contaminate space, and in turn, that extraterrestrial contaminants and organisms, if they exist, don’t contaminate Earth.
It comes with security clearance of “secret,” and pays between $124,406 and $187,000. The last person to get the job said she got a free pair of Ray Bans, too.
A spacesuit designer is usually a highly trained engineer with a speciality in mechanical engineering and, of course, an interest in space.
Spacesuit designers take into consideration the requirements of each specific mission and design their suits accordingly.
Love fashion? Try this.
Ok, this one isn’t exactly what it sounds like. Space lawyers aren’t really lawyers in space. Instead, they take care of all the legal stuff from down on the ground.
With the future of space tourism on the horizon, they are now tasked with writing laws to protect both passengers and companies in the unpredictable world of outer space.
These are teachers and other education professionals that have been trained to fly into space like any other astronaut.
Tasked with teaching classrooms from space, the aim of these unique astronauts is to get kids passionate about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Great for anyone who is a teacher but loves space. More here.
Space medicine looks at the biological, physiological and psychological effects of space flight on humans and how gravity (or lack of it) affects us.
Head to the Moon
The first civilian trip to the moon is planned for 2023 and there are 8 spots. You could apply right here for one of them. How is that a job? Think about the brand endorsements, speaking engagements, book deals and more you’d get from going to space. It’s like being on The Bachelor but…..different.
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