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Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers Military Career

Average Salary:

$49,271

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military uses precision instruments and equipment to perform a variety of functions. Some precision instruments are used to measure distance, pressure, altitude, temperature, underwater depth, and other physical properties. Other types of precision equipment include photographic and imaging equipment such as cameras, projectors, and film processing equipment. All of these items have many sensitive mechanisms which require regular attention to stay in good working order. Precision instrument and equipment repairers maintain and adjust these delicate items. They may specialize by the type of equipment that they work on.

Information Security Analysts Military Career

Average Salary:

$58,304

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military uses computers to store and process data on personnel, weather, communications, finances, and many other areas, as well as to operate sophisticated equipment during combat and peace time maneuvers.

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$96,168

Most Common Degree:

Not Available

Psychological research and treatment are important to national defense. Research can show how to improve military training, job assignment, and equipment design. Treatment can help personnel cope with stress. Psychologists conduct research on human behavior and treat patients with mental problems.

Transportation Workers, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$27,708

Most Common Degree:

Not Available

Military aircraft are used to fly hundreds of missions each day for transport, patrol, and flight training. They need frequent servicing to remain safe and ready to fly. Aircraft mechanics inspect, service, and repair helicopters and airplanes.

Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers Military Career

Average Salary:

$76,689

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military operates retail stores for the convenience of service men and women. In some areas, particularly overseas, the goods and services offered at military stores, laundries, and barbershops are not otherwise available. Store managers direct the operation of retail service, food, and merchandise outlets. They also manage personnel who store food, supplies, and equipment.

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers Military Career

Average Salary:

$49,878

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Each military base – anywhere in the world – must have its own electricity. Power plant electricians maintain and repair electricity generating equipment in mobile and stationary power plants.

Electro-Mechanical Technicians Military Career

Average Salary:

$47,320

Most Common Degree:

Associate's Degree

The military uses remotely piloted unmanned vehicles for a variety of purposes, such as deep sea exploration, intelligence gathering, remote surveillance, and target applications. These vehicles are used in the air, on land, and at sea in operations or missions that could be dangerous for human operators onboard the vehicle. The military requires skilled operators and technicians to maintain and control these vehicles. Personnel normally specialize by the type of vehicle they operate, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground vehicles, surface vehicles, and undersea vehicles.

Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers Military Career

Average Salary:

$59,509

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military builds many temporary and permanent structures each year. Lumber, plywood, plasterboard, and concrete and masonry (bricks, stone, and concrete blocks) are the basic building materials for many of these projects. Construction specialists build and repair buildings, bridges, foundations, dams, and bunkers. They work with engineers and other building specialists as part of military construction teams.

Procurement Clerks Military Career

Average Salary:

$61,138

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Millions of paychecks are issued and large amounts of materials are purchased by the services each year. To account for military spending, exact financial records must be kept of these transactions. Finance and accounting specialists organize and keep track of financial records. They also compute payrolls and other allowances, audit accounting records, and prepare payments for military personnel.

Biological Scientists, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$107,112

Most Common Degree:

Not Available

The military conducts studies of human and animal diseases to understand their causes and to find treatments. Harmful pests and bacteria are studied to find ways to protect people and food against illness or infection. Life scientists study the biology and chemistry of living organisms.

Air Crew Officers Military Career

Average Salary:

$109,148

Most Common Degree:

Not Available

The military needs vast amounts of supplies to feed and supply its personnel. Tons of materials such as food, fuel, medicine, and ammunition must be ordered, stored, and distributed each day. Supply and warehousing managers plan and direct personnel who order, receive, store, and issue equipment and supplies.

Electrical Engineers Military Career

Average Salary:

$89,202

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

Equipment such as radar, missile guidance systems, and communication equipment depends on advanced electronics. Electrical and electronics engineers design, develop, and test electrical and electronic equipment. They also direct equipment installation and repair.

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Military Career

Average Salary:

$45,400

Most Common Degree:

Associate's Degree

Television and film productions are an important part of military communications. Films are used for training in many military occupations. They are also used to record military operations, ceremonies, and news events. These productions require the teamwork of many technicians. Audiovisual and broadcast technicians perform many specialized tasks, ranging from filming to script editing to operating audio recording devices.

Telecommunications Engineering Specialists Military Career

Average Salary:

$55,160

Most Common Degree:

Not Available

The military uses computers in almost every aspect of its operations. Military computers are used to process payroll and personnel information, control the targeting and firing of weapons systems, account for money, gather and analyze intelligence data, and make it easier to communicate around the world. Computer systems officers direct the operations of computer centers and are involved in the planning and development of computer systems.

Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers Military Career

Average Salary:

$45,907

Most Common Degree:

Not Available

The military uses electronic instruments and equipment in many different areas, including health care, weather forecasting, and combat, to name a few. Electronics repairers maintain and repair instruments and equipment, such as computers, communications equipment, radar and sonar systems, precision measuring equipment, and biomedical instruments. Electronic instrument and equipment repairers normally specialize by type of equipment or instrument being repaired.

Machinists Military Career

Average Salary:

$46,057

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Sometimes when engines or machines break down, the parts needed to repair them are not available. In these cases, the broken parts must be repaired or new ones made. Machinists make and repair metal parts for engines and all types of machines. They operate lathes, drill presses, grinders, and other machine shop equipment.

Emergency Management Directors Military Career

Average Salary:

$88,782

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military conducts physical sciences research to develop new technologies, materials, and equipment for use in a variety of areas including, medicine, and engineering. They also study physical characteristics of the atmosphere and environment to support military operations. Physical scientists conduct and manage research in fields such as chemistry, physics, meteorology, and oceanography. Depending on area of specialization, physical scientists may be involved in building new weapons systems, developing weather forecasts, or evaluating the effects of biological and chemical agents.

Engineers, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$92,519

Most Common Degree:

Not Available

Engines are a ship's main source of power for propulsion, heat, and electricity. Ship engines are massive; some are as large as the power plants that generate electricity for small cities. Ship engineers direct the engineering departments aboard ships and submarines. They are responsible for engine operations, maintenance, and repair. They are also responsible for shipboard heating and power generation.

Nurse Practitioners Military Career

Average Salary:

$113,986

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

Nurses are a key part of the staff at military hospitals and clinics. Registered nurses direct nursing teams and give patients individual care to help them recover from illness or injury.

Nurse Anesthetists Military Career

Average Salary:

$126,060

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

Nurses are a key part of the staff at military hospitals and clinics. Registered nurses direct nursing teams and give patients individual care to help them recover from illness or injury.

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