Military Contracts Specialists

Military Career

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Description

Contracts specialists negotiate, procure, and process administrative actions necessary to acquire contracted resources. They understand pricing techniques, market trends, and supply sources of goods and services the Military needs to operate. Contracts specialists serve as business advisors, buyers, and administrators to support all functions of procurement actions.  

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Work Environment

Contracts specialists work in offices 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
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

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

Military Workforce

Contracts Specialists in the Military

8,779

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Salary

Average Salary

$107,634

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 58%
  • Bachelor's degree 20%
  • High school 13%
  • Some college 7%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for contracts specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction. Training content relates to contract administration, and may include: Use of military procurement systemsMission-focused contractingAcquisition proceduresContract pricingGovernment contract laws

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

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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