Space doctors, lawyers to be among Australia's space industry jobs by 2030
New jobs in Australia's space industry will include space doctors and space lawyers, according to the deputy head of the nation's space agency.
One of the goals set for the Australian Space Agency (ASA) when it was established in 2018 was to increase the number of space industry jobs from 10,000 to 30,000 by 2030.
Anthony Murfett, deputy head of the ASA, told News Corp Australia recently that while most of those jobs would be engineers, technicians, researchers and physicists, there would also be a need for new support roles.
"Jobs like space law will consider new issues such as how do companies operate consistent with international treaties and what frameworks are needed to deliver services in space," he said.
"We already have great space communicators, who draw on a rich background in communication to outline the importance of space and explain space activities in an engaging way for the whole community.
"With space technologies now becoming smaller and access to space becoming cheaper, space entrepreneurs can now look at space technologies in new ways and see if they can solve challenges."
In addition to creating jobs, the ASA was tasked with tripling the annual value of the domestic space industry to 12 billion Australian dollars (8.05 billion U.S. dollars) by 2030.
It has already secured deals with the European Space Agency (ESA) to collaborate on future missions and with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to launch rockets into space from the Northern Territory of Australia.