As thousands of companies cut back on hiring, Elon Musk's SpaceX ($SPACEX) still has its eyes on the future — and the skies. The number of job listings posted to the private space-launch company's careers page has hit 642 openings, its highest level yet.

At this time last year, SpaceX listed 226 openings — that's a 184% increase in hiring activity. A lot has changed at SpaceX in the past year, from launching and planning a spinout of its Starlink broadband Starlink satellite network, to getting started on Raptor, a cryogenic liquid methane and liquid oxygen engine that will be used to launch Starship, the company's heavy-lift vehicle.

Last year at this time, SpaceX hiring was heavily weighted in the Production and Supply Chain Management categories. Today, Production remains in high demand, but Vehicle Engineering now has the second-most job listings at spacex.com. Beginning in October 2019, Raptor Production job listings began appearing, and it's now become one of the more in-demand groups.

In October, a single Raptor Production job appeared on SpaceX's recruiting website. Today, that number is 30. Those positions include:

Title

Posted Date

Orbital Tube Welder

2020/03/19

Propulsion Technician - Raptor Tube Shop

2020/03/19

Tube Bender

2020/03/19

Propulsion Technician, Raptor Turbopump

2020/03/16

Manufacturing Development Engineer (Raptor)

2020/03/10

CNC Programmer

2020/03/05

Deburr Operator (2nd Shift)

2020/03/05

Production Supervisor - Raptor Tube Shop

2020/02/28

CNC VTL Machinist (2nd shift)

2020/02/26

R&D TIG Welder (2nd shift)

2020/02/26

3-Axis R&D Machinist (2nd Shift)

2020/02/24

5-Axis R&D Machinist (2nd Shift)

2020/02/24

5-Axis R&D Machinist (2nd Shift)

2020/02/24

5-Axis CNC Machinist (2nd Shift)

2020/02/20

Supervisor, Machining Operations (2nd shift)

2020/02/18

Manufacturing Engineer - Machining Operations (2nd shift)

2020/02/18

Process Planner (Raptor)

2020/02/13

Manufacturing Engineer (Raptor Production - Foundry)

2020/02/12

Casting Design Engineer (Raptor)

2020/02/11

Manufacturing Engineer - Machining Operations (1st Shift)

2020/02/05

Production Control Scheduler - Raptor, Tube Shop

2020/02/05

NX Programmer

2020/01/31

Manufacturing Engineer - Raptor Tube Shop

2020/01/30

3-Axis R&D Machinist

2020/01/23

Manufacturing Specialist - Machining Operations

2020/01/16

Production Control Coordinator (2nd Shift)

2020/01/16

Production Coordinator

2020/01/16

Additive Manufacturing Engineer

2019/12/26

CNC Lathe Machinist (2nd Shift)

2019/12/20

Manufacturing Engineer, Raptor Engine Production

2019/12/05

The bulk of the jobs are located at SpaceX's Hawthorne, CA headquarters followed by Redmond, Washington where laid-off Boeing workers may find some reprieve.

Brownsville, Texas has also become an important hiring hub for SpaceX, where the company is hiring most for its Launch and Vehicle Engineering teams.

About the Data:

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