Jessica Stephens asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

AddedFriday, April 26, 2019 at 6:42 PM

Will departments be less likely to hire me as an entry level engineer at 42?

I'm 39 and pursing my dream since I was a little girl of becoming an AE. I'll finish the program in 2 yrs (i have previous BSN), and worried about getting hired as an older applicant out of school.

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  • Kim de Groh , NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Hi, first congratulations on pursing your dream of becoming an engineer at this point in your life! As a NASA materials researcher, I am not knowledgeable about hiring. And, I assume the answer would vary depending on the organization (NASA vs. industry). But, I believe that NASA will post jobs for engineers at varies experience levels (including “fresh-outs”) based on their degree, skill set, knowledge, and experience. So, my primary advice is to try get experience in the specific field you are interested (research at university, summer internship, etc.). The “Careers at NASA” website ( provides information on working at NASA. And the “Current Opportunities” link takes you to a page with all current NASA job listings, which are then opened under the USAJobs website. Perhaps you can search through the current AE positions, and see what requirements are currently required so you can be prepared to apply once you have your degree. Good luck!