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Software engineering team at Orbital

Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles, and supervise their manufacture. (Career Description)

Chemists search for and use new knowledge about chemicals. Besides research, chemists may work in production and quality control of chemical products. (Career Description)

Computer programmers write, test, and maintain software or computer programs. (Career Description)

Computer scientists create theoretical designs for computers and software, develop information technologies, and make recommendations for applying computers to new uses. Computer engineers build software and hardware prototypes. Systems analysts solve computer problems and find ways for computer technology to solve business, scientific, or engineering data processing problems. (Career Description)

Drafters create plans and technical drawings that will be used by production and construction workers to build products and structures. (Career Description)

Electrical and electronics engineers create, test, and oversee the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment. Electrical equipment includes utility company generating and transmission equipment, lighting and wiring, motors, and machinery control devices. Electronic equipment includes computer hardware and various types of communications and video equipment. (Career Description)

Engineering technicians support the work of engineers and scientists in solving practical problems. (Career Description)

Engineers apply their knowledge of science and mathematics to solve practical technical problems. (Career Description)

Industrial engineers improve productivity by working with people, rather than working mainly with products or processes, as do other types of engineers. (Career Description)

Metallurgical, ceramic, and materials engineers develop new materials such as metal alloys, ceramics, plastics, and composites, or they may adapt existing materials to new uses. (Career Description)

Mathematicians solve business, scientific, and engineering problems using their knowledge of theoretical and applied mathematics and various computational tools. (Career Description)

Mechanical engineers plan and design power-producing or power-using mechanical equipment such as tools, engines, and machines. (Career Description)

Operations research analysts use mathematical principles to help managers evaluate alternatives and choose the course of action that best meets their goals. (Career Description)

Photographers and camera operators take pictures to record an event or tell a story. They use optical and chemical science to enhance their photographs. (Career Description)

Physicists strive to understand matter, energy, and the interactions between matter and energy. Astronomers use physics and mathematics to learn about the universe and all it contains. They solve problems related to space flight and find ways to collect astronomical data. Work in both areas may be either theoretical or applied. (Career Description)

Public relations specialists use communication skills to build and maintain positive relationships with the public. They work with the media, members of the community, and government representatives. (Career Description)

Visual artists communicate with images. One type of visual artist, the graphic artist, produces these images for a client. Another type, the fine artist, creates images as a form of self-expression. Art directors, or visual journalists, read text material and decide how to best present the information visually. (Career Description)

Writers develop text material for books, magazines, newspapers, technical reports, broadcasts, and advertisements. Editors prepare the material developed by writers for publication or broadcast. (Career Description)

These careers are described in more detail in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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