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 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:$102,458
  • Most Common Education: High school

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:$52,668
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

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 aircraft such as surveillance, communications, electronic warfare, and other weapon systems. Additionally, they monitor, evaluate, and direct flying operations and training programs. 

  • Average Salary:$80,826
  • 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:$100,584
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officers

Aircraft launch and recovery officers work on aircraft carriers, where they plan and direct launch and recovery operations. They lead teams in the maintenance of catapults, arresting gear, and associated mechanical, hydraulic, and control systems. These officers and their staffs are responsible for ensuring the safe take-off and landing of military aircraft.

  • Average Salary:$78,946
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Facilities Managers

Facilities managers plan for base realignment and closure; identify facility requirements; oversee operation, maintenance, and repair budgets; and supervise those performing construction, repair, and maintenance duties. They may participate in new construction final acceptance inspection.

  • Average Salary:$80,742
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Airplane Pilots

Airplane pilots in the Military train, organize, and equip the nation’s air services to support the national and international policies of the government. They operate many different jet and propeller planes. Aircraft range from combat airplanes to supersonic fighters and bombers. In addition to flying aircraft, airplane pilots develop flight plans, check weather reports, brief and direct all crew members, and perform system operation checks to test the proper functioning of instrumentation, controls, and electronic and mechanical systems on the flight deck.

  • Average Salary:$57,381
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Allergists and Immunologists

Physicians and surgeons who specialize in allergy and immunology focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases caused by allergic reactions. They examine patients and prescribe specific tests to identify the allergens causing a certain reaction. Military allergists and immunologists interpret test results and prescribe specific treatments.

  • Average Salary:$119,593
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Anesthesiologists

Anesthesiologists determine which anesthetics to use (e.g., local, regional, general), considering factors such as the patient’s condition and the operation or procedure to be performed. They coordinate with surgeons and keep records of the patient’s condition.

  • Average Salary:$120,907
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training