Military Life Scientists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Life scientists manage quality assurance programs and lead research related to human health protection. They study the effects of stimuli and other environmental factors on physiological processes, and the impact of microorganisms on human bodily functions and overall human health. They perform sanitation inspections to ensure military food safety, and provide consultation on issues regarding microbiological effects on subsistence. They assist in epidemiological investigations and direct training on food safety.  

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Work Environment

Life scientists work in medical, clinical, and research laboratories and, at times, in food processing or storage plants. They may work outdoors while conducting field work 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

Life Scientists in the Military

3,199

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Salary

Average Salary

$59,857

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 69%
  • Master's degree 26%
  • First professional degree 2%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 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. Job training for life scientists primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Altitude physiologyAero medical aspects of flightSensory physiologyEmergency egressWater survivalLife support systems

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Knowledge

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology

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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