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Symposium: Space Industry Leaders Widen Search for Workers

Originally aired on: April 20, 2023

A tight job market and growing demand for manufacturing and engineering skills across industrial sectors has driven the space industry to hunt far and wide to recruit workers. “We’re going to see an evolution of the skillsets we need,” said Special Aerospace Services chief Heather Bulk, noting that a transition to mass production has driven demand for skilled technical workers in manufacturing. At Ball Aerospace, human resources director Jeremy Yazinski said it’s workers on the shop floor who make the difference these days. “When you get under the hood it’s the touch-labor and the technicians is really what differentiates us,” he said. The industry is also branching out, looking for a variety of workers from business experts to life scientists as commercial stations in low Earth orbit expand the industry’s reach.

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