Military Officer Careers

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

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Military Business Operations Planning Analysts

Business operations planning analysts apply business expertise to improve military operations. Using analytical tools and techniques, these analysts make recommendations to leadership about management techniques that can help reduce waste and inefficiency. They study current operations and organizations, identify and analyze problems, and develop alternative solutions.

  • Average Salary:$136,124
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Public Affairs Officers

Public Affairs Officers research, plan, budget, execute, and evaluate operations involving the public. They liaise with the news media and provide guidance to senior leaders on decisions that impact mission success.

  • Average Salary:$85,357
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Office and Administrative Managers

Office and administrative managers operate as general managers, directing functions like duty assignments, budgeting, and record keeping. They develop work methods and direct preparation of procedural manuals. Some specialize by functional area, such as facilities management and legal.

  • Average Salary:$100,792
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Cyber-Operations Officers

Cyber operations officers oversee both offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military programs. Offensive operations involve the application of computer capabilities to target the capabilities of enemies and hostile adversaries. Defensive operations involve protecting data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems. Some cyber officers focus on offensive or defensive operations, while others integrate the two to support military operations.  

  • Average Salary:$91,804
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military All-Source Intelligence Officers

Intelligence officers who specialize in all-source intelligence ensure the fusion of information of all sources and intelligence disciplines into finished analytical products. They supervise and coordinate the planning, collection, evaluation, analysis, fusion, production, and dissemination of imagery, signals, measurement, human, and open-source intelligence data into cohesive products to support national defense.

  • Average Salary:$116,931
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Financial Managers

Financial managers direct and coordinate financial management functions and serve as advisors to leadership on all matters pertaining to programming/budgeting, finance and accounting, and cost analysis. They perform managerial operations, including the establishment of performance standards and priorities for personnel, and security requirements for safeguarding assets. They are responsible for the management of financial operations and for providing advice on effective use and redistribution of resources within fund limitations.

  • Average Salary:$114,900
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

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:$114,743
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

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:$58,228
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Transportation Managers

Transportation managers oversee all procedures related to the movement of military-related personnel and material. They plan and coordinate all functions involved in the successful movement of material, personnel, or personal property via water, air, highway, rail, and multi-modal transport systems. They direct procurement efforts and assess transportation capabilities.

  • Average Salary:$127,173
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Supply and Warehousing Managers

Supply and warehousing managers determine requirements for, and arrangement of, storage facilities. They supervise all warehousing operations from receipt and storage to issue and shipment of materials. They review operational requirements, determine stock availability, and estimate lead time required for procurement and availability of funds.

  • Average Salary:$97,827
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree