Military Officer Careers

These military careers are available to individuals who commission as officers.

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Military Accountants and Auditors

Accountants and auditors record and manage military financial records subject to audit. They also advise leaders on financial and accounting matters.

  • Average Salary:$77,606
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Acquisitions and Contracts Managers

Acquisitions and contracts managers are responsible for preparing and coordinating every task involved in the planning, development, and implementation of procurement programs. They provide management, technical expertise, and supervision to ensure successful development of defense acquisition programs and accomplishment of desired outcomes. They are responsible for analyzing purchase requests and performing cost or price analyses. They evaluate contract proposals, award and administer contracts, and evaluate contractor performance.

  • Average Salary:$107,634
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Administrative Support Specialists

Administrative support specialists are responsible for a variety of duties in the office. They make sure that information is recorded, stored, and delivered in order to keep operations running as smoothly as possible. They supervise or perform administrative, clerical, and typing duties. They may also be in charge of scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, and organizing any other work-related events.

  • Average Salary:$69,912
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Document Security Specialists

Document security specialists safeguard sensitive material and arrange for delivery by courier. They provide adequate protection for material from receipt through delivery or to storage, prepare classified correspondence, and manage administrative functions and security procedures for various security programs (e.g., Special Security Program, Sensitive Compartmented Information Security Program).

  • Average Salary:$72,290
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Advanced Practice Nurses

Advanced practice nurses are highly educated health professionals who provide direct patient care, such as conducting health assessments, diagnosing disease, and prescribing medications and other treatments. They may specialize as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, or nurse anesthetists. In the Military, advanced practice nurses provide a wide range of care, from treating illness to caring for the wounded or assisting in disaster relief.  

  • Average Salary:$94,979
  • Most Common Education: Master's Degree

Military Aerospace Engineers

Aerospace engineers direct research programs and design military aircraft and aerospace equipment. They serve as aviation technical specialists in air warfare research projects and supervise aircraft design projects from development to evaluation of experimental equipment. They formulate policies and coordinate procurement programs for aircraft and aircraft subsystems, and serve as engineering and technical management liaisons across military branches, contracting organizations, and other government agencies.

  • Average Salary:$52,170
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

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. They operate and monitor engine and aircraft systems controls, panels, indicators, and devices. Their responsibilities may vary by type of aircraft, and include such tasks as operating mine sweeping, refueling, and electronic warfare systems.

  • Average Salary:$55,774
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Air Traffic Control Managers

Air traffic control managers oversee the operations of airfields and control centers that direct the tactical employment of aircraft during combat or noncombat missions. They prepare flight operations plans and monitor the maneuvers of aircraft in and out of the airspace. They train, establish standards, and conduct operational evaluations to manage unit training and performance standards that ensure airfield operations personnel possess required job skills.

  • Average Salary:$97,360
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Air Traffic Controllers

Air traffic controllers direct the movement of aircraft into and out of military airfields. They 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:$57,934
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Airborne Combat Navigators

Airborne combat navigators use radar, radio, and other navigation equipment to determine position, direction of travel, intended course, and other operations of aircraft. They also operate other mission critical systems on the aircraft such as surveillance, communications, electronic warfare, and other weapon systems. In addition, they monitor, evaluate, and direct flying operations and training programs.  

  • Average Salary:$70,486
  • Most Common Education: Not available