Cyber-Operations Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

The Military is committed to guarding our nation’s information networks against unauthorized access. More importantly, the Military protects the country against cyberspace attacks. These initiatives, along with the use of cyber capabilities in warfighting, comprise the Military’s cyber operations. Cyber operations officers oversee both offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military programs. Offensive operations involve the application of computer capabilities to target the capabilities of enemies and hostile adversaries. Defensive operations involve protecting data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems. Some cyber officers focus on offensive or defensive operations, while others integrate the two to support military operations.

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Work Environment

Cyber-operations officers work in offices or in command and control centers on land or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marine Corps
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Cyber-Operations Officers in the Military

2,301

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Salary

Average Salary

$62,643

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree
    47%
  • Some college
    25%
  • Master's degree
    14%
  • Post-secondary certificate
    5%
  • Associate's degree
    2%
  • Post baccalaureate
    2%
  • High school
    1%
  • Doctoral degree
    0%
  • Less than high school
    0%
  • Post-doctoral training
    0%
  • Post-master's certificate
    0%
  • First professional degree
    0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here. Cyber operations officers may have an education in computer science or a related field. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. In addition, cyber operations officers receive specialized training, both on-the-job and in the classroom. Job-specific training content may include:

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Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel and Human Resources

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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