It is comforting to know that there are some barn storming jobs for astronauts now that the Shuttle program is ending. This from the Virgin Galactic web page:
So You Think You Can Fly?
Mojave, CA — Virgin Galactic LLC, the world’s first commercial spaceline, is accepting qualified applications for pilot-astronauts.
Pilot-astronaut responsibilities include the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system test program in accordance with government regulations and company policies in Mojave, CA and Virgin Galactic’s commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Qualified candidates are full course graduates of a recognised test pilot school who are broadly experienced with both high-performance fast-jet type airplanes and large multi-engine types. Prior spaceflight experience is desirable.
Virgin Galactic is dedicated to becoming a world leader in sub-orbital commercial space tourism with a longer term vision to develop space technologies that have the potential to open space to significantly more people and users. Pilot-astronauts are a vital part of its efforts to creating a safe and enjoyable commercial suborbital space flight.
Virgin Galactic actively strives to promote innovation, value, integrity and a sense of enjoyment in all that it does. For more information and to apply ...