Military Enlisted Careers

This comprehensive list includes military careers that are available to individuals.

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Military Air Crew Members

Air crew members perform in-flight duties to ensure the successful completion of combat, reconnaissance, transport, and search and rescue missions. They perform inspections to ensure equipment is in working order and are responsible for properly storing cargo for flight. They operate, monitor, and perform limited maintenance on mission-critical systems. Their responsibilities may vary by type of aircraft, and include such tasks as operating mine sweeping, refueling, photography, and electronic warfare systems.

  • Average Salary:$55,177
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Flight Engineering Technicians

Flight engineering technicians perform aircraft inspections; including air crew visual inspection; aircraft maintenance; and preflight, through-flight, and postflight inspections. They perform aircraft-related administrative tasks, flight/ground training, internal/external cargo movement, and passenger transport. They also serve as crew members aboard military aircraft.

  • Average Salary:$50,962
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Air Traffic Controllers

Air traffic controllers direct the movement of aircraft into and out of military airfields. They operate communications equipment and track aircraft using navigational aids. They coordinate and communicate aircraft movement information, as well as weather and airfield conditions. They also provide critical information to direct the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations.  

  • Average Salary:$64,662
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft mechanics inspect, service, and repair the Military’s fleet of helicopters and airplanes. These mechanics troubleshoot and maintain the aircraft’s structure, engines, and other components, including mission-critical features such as weapons and electronic warfare, and coatings for stealth purposes.

  • Average Salary:$53,882
  • Most Common Education: Post-secondary certificate

Military Aircraft Engine Mechanics

Some aircraft mechanics in the Military work solely on the engines, or powerplants, of the aircraft. These mechanics troubleshoot and perform organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance on the engines and related components of the Military’s airplanes and helicopters. Aircraft engine mechanics must have specialized knowledge of the mechanical, electrical, and hydraulics principles applying to jet and turboprop engines.

  • Average Salary:$54,447
  • Most Common Education: Post-secondary certificate

Military Aircraft Launch and Recovery Specialists

Aircraft launch and recovery specialists ensure the safety of aircraft as they launch from and return to aircraft carriers. They perform this critical work by operating and maintaining catapults, arresting gear, and other equipment used in aircraft carrier takeoff and landing operations.

  • Average Salary:$48,573
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Flight Operations Specialists

Flight operations specialists help with administrative functions that are necessary to keep military aircraft up and running. They prepare flight schedules and authorizations, administer aircrew training and qualification testing, perform airfield inspections, and maintain flight logs and other records. These specialists help ensure that both the aircraft personnel and equipment are prepared for mission accomplishment.

  • Average Salary:$49,758
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Animal Specialists

Animal specialists perform unique duties in connection with operations using animals. They are responsible for the care, welfare, and continuous training of assigned animals to ensure physical condition and behavioral proficiency is maintained. They prepare and maintain administrative reports and health records associated with the animals in their care.

  • Average Salary:$76,949
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Military Dog Handlers

Military dog handlers are in charge of the basic care and training of military working dogs, which are generally used for drug interdiction, locating lost or wanted persons, or bomb-sniffing missions. They perform specialized duties in law enforcement, physical security, anti-terrorism operations, and detection of explosives and/or illicit drugs in the military community, utilizing an assigned military working dog.

  • Average Salary:$95,723
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Members

Armored assault vehicle crew members work as a team to operate armored equipment and fire weapons to destroy enemy positions. They normally specialize in a type of armor, such as tanks, light armor (cavalry), or amphibious assault vehicles.

  • Average Salary:$58,513
  • Most Common Education: Not available