Since Planetary Resources announced it plans to mime asteroids for profit on April 24, the company has been inundated by job applicatiions, mostly from engineers who want to help design the robot probes that will do the mining. After 2,000 applicatiions had been received online, PR closed down that part of its website.
Part of that response, no doubt, is attributable to a sluggish economy and the uncertainty surrounding NASA's future. On the other hand, if there's a hot job market anywhere in America, it's in high technology talent, which would obviously include various types of engineers. Another part of PR's appeal is no doubt the challenge of opening space. Maybe Congress should take note.