The Space Foundation hired Content First to contribute to its annual Space Report produced by the Foundation’s Research and Analysis division. Content First provided a new chapter on U.S. labor and workforce issues affecting America’s space industry.
The Space Report 2008 provides, for the first time, details on the impact of space-related employment in state and metropolitan areas. These brand new statistics show the following:
- Space industry core employment totaled 266,700 jobs in 2006, adding nearly 17,000 space industry jobs since 2003.
- The increase of nearly 7 percent in just three years outpaced the 5.3 percent increase from 2003 to 2006 in overall U.S. private sector employment.
- The U.S. space industry paid an annual average wage of $88,200 to its workers. This is more than double the private sector average wage of $42,400 in 2006.
- The national space industry workforce is geographically dispersed, with thriving space industries located in states such as California, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, and Texas.
This project illustrates how Content First contributed to a prominent national report on the U.S. space industry used to educate:
- National, state, and local policymakers
- The Press
- The Public
on the importance of this critical industry to the American economy.