Absolutely, more women will pursue careers in space technology and space travel for two predominant
reasons: 1) Commercial expansion in the space ecosystem accounts for 80% of new opportunities, and 2) the
space economy is resilient and expected to grow to $1-3 trillion by 2030. As industries relying on space
technology are broadening and intersecting in exciting ways, traditional barriers to entry are
disappearing. The profusion of opportunities are now accessible to a vast talent pool, from rocket
scientists to project managers to welders — in virtually every community around the world. Simply stated,
there is no better time to be a part of the space industry.
The challenges for women and other underserved groups are deeply rooted in the systemic limitations of the
traditional educational system, insufficient lifelong learning programs, and the absence of mentoring
programs and role models.
At Space Foundation, our Center for Innovation and Education and its Workforce Development Roadmap outline
five core disciplines that address these challenges head-on to empower people to pursue opportunities in
the space ecosystem:
1. Awareness of Space Technology’s Impact and Opportunities :
For 38 years, Space Foundation has raised space awareness, but the future depends on broadening the
awareness of space technology, its impact on virtually every facet of daily life on Earth, and of the
plethora of jobs, careers and business ventures available. In raising this awareness, we are inspiring
lifelong learners to pursue studies, jobs, careers and new business ventures across a broad range of space
2. Access That Opens Doors to Space Industry Jobs, Careers and Contracts :
Working with partners and sponsors, Space Foundation aspires to break down the barriers to entry and
enable access for all people to jump into the space ecosystem. Opening the door to additional demographics
and populations benefits individuals and suppliers as well as the organizations that hire and contract
with them, further growing a pipeline of qualified space technology contributors that will continue to
grow over time.
3. Training for Lifelong Learning at Every Stage :
Space Foundation endeavors to enable lifelong learners from the student to professional levels. We provide
a wide range of multimodal training, including hands-on camps, field excursions, self-guided online
webinars and collaborative regional workshops for training, as well as plans for reskilling or upskilling
to grow and retain a vibrant space workforce.
4. Connections to People Through a Vast Space Foundation Network :
Space Foundation, with the largest global network of any nonprofit in the space ecosystem, is the ultimate
resource to connect aspiring space enthusiasts to workforce and career opportunities. This is where large
enterprises meet small businesses and entrepreneurs to fill the vital supply chain that makes it possible
for important space initiatives to become a reality for both the future of space exploration as well as
advancing the quality of life on Earth.
5. Mentorship of Young Leaders To Develop Role Models for the Next Generation :
Space Foundation programs are designed to ensure a healthy, balanced progression of mentorship at all
levels — from aspiring workforce candidates to space professionals — effectively providing role models for
the next generation of space industry contributors.