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NASA Civil Servant Workforce

NASA Civil Servant Workforce

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NASA employed 17,373 workers as of the beginning of FY 2019. This total has remained steady in recent years, in part because of a hiring freeze instituted in early 2017. Overall, the NASA workforce has declined by 9.0% since 2014. The agency is nearly a third smaller than it was twenty-five years ago in 1994.

Still, the agency is an important source of space jobs around the United States, particularly at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Johnson Space Center in Texas, each home to more than 3,000 NASA employees, and at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Marshall...


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NASA is one of the five U.S. federal agencies with the largest proportions of scientists and engineers among their workforces. While approximately ##% of NASA’s overall workforce is female, only ##% of science and engineering employees are women.
NASA has many facilities and operations in many states, and NASA contractor jobs are high-skill, high-salary positions. When these jobs are lost, communities often have difficulty replacing them, and the employees encounter difficulty in finding similar positions in the local area. In order to keep...
Year: 2017
Country: United States
As of the start of fiscal year (FY) 2018, NASA employed ###### individuals. Employment has been essentially static since the beginning of FY 2016...
Year: 2016
Country: United States
Like the industry as a whole, NASA’s workforce has experienced steady ## in size. From the start of FY 1993, the earliest date for which data is available in NASA’s...
Year: 2015
Country: United States
At the start of FY 2016, NASA’s workforce was made up of ## individuals. This is a decrease of ## employees, or ##%, compared to the start of FY 2015. Since reaching a high in FY 2011, NASA has shed...
Year: 2014
Country: United States
At the start of fiscal year (FY) 2015, NASA had ## employees. Since FY 2011, NASA’s workforce has declined by ##%, a loss of just over ## employees. This decrease coincided with the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the cancellation of the Constellation program, and decreasing budget.
Year: 2013
Country: United States
In 2012, NASA was ranked the best place to work in the federal government based on a survey of civil servants across federal agencies conducted by the non-profit Partnership for Public Service. In its annual survey of federal employees, the United States Office of Personnel Management found that...
Year: 2011
Country: United States
In 2011, NASA’s Space Shuttle Program came to an end. The shuttle program had been a major source of employment for the U.S. aerospace workforce. Anticipating the retirement of the shuttle, NASA developed strategies and policies for the transition of the government and contractor workforce,...
Year: 2009
Country: United States
In addition to U.S. private sector employment, the U.S. government employs a substantial base of civilian space workers. NASA is the primary government agency responsible for civil space activity, including human spaceflight. As of November 2009, NASA directly employed ## people, referred to as...

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