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Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive Military Career

Average Salary:

$55,908

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military must keep accurate information for planning and managing its operations. Paper and electronic records are kept on equipment, funds, personnel, supplies, and all other aspects of the military. Administrative support specialists record information, fill out reports, and maintain files to assist in the operation of military offices.

Photographers Military Career

Average Salary:

$32,041

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military uses photographs for many purposes, such as intelligence gathering and news reporting. The services operate photographic laboratories to develop the numerous photos taken by the military. Photographic specialists take and develop still color or black and white photographs.

Electro-Mechanical Technicians Military Career

Average Salary:

$47,063

Most Common Degree:

Associate's Degree

The military uses remotely piloted unmanned vehicles for a variety of purposes, such as deep sea exploration, intelligence gathering, remote surveillance, and target applications. These vehicles are used in the air, on land, and at sea in operations or missions that could be dangerous for human operators onboard the vehicle. The military requires skilled operators and technicians to maintain and control these vehicles. Personnel normally specialize by the type of vehicle they operate, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground vehicles, surface vehicles, and undersea vehicles.

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$94,153

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Psychological research and treatment are important to national defense. Research can show how to improve military training, job assignment, and equipment design. Treatment can help personnel cope with stress. Psychologists conduct research on human behavior and treat patients with mental problems.

Civil Engineers Military Career

Average Salary:

$89,099

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

Airfields, roads, bridges, buildings, power plants, docks, and water treatment plants on military bases around the world are continually being built, repaired, and improved. Civil engineers plan, design, and direct the construction of military facilities.

Information Security Analysts Military Career

Average Salary:

$61,320

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military uses computers to store and process data on personnel, weather, communications, finances, and many other areas, as well as to operate sophisticated equipment during combat and peace time maneuvers.

Transportation Workers, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$27,723

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Military aircraft are used to fly hundreds of missions each day for transport, patrol, and flight training. They need frequent servicing to remain safe and ready to fly. Aircraft mechanics inspect, service, and repair helicopters and airplanes.

Government Property Inspectors and Investigators Military Career

Average Salary:

$125,191

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Good management and planning reduces waste and inefficiency. By improving its management techniques, the military makes the best use of its human and material resources. Management analysts and planners study operations and organizations, identify and evaluate problems, and develop recommendations based on their findings.

Procurement Clerks Military Career

Average Salary:

$59,263

Most Common Degree:

Associate's Degree

Millions of paychecks are issued and large amounts of materials are purchased by the services each year. To account for military spending, exact financial records must be kept of these transactions. Finance and accounting specialists organize and keep track of financial records. They also compute payrolls and other allowances, audit accounting records, and prepare payments for military personnel.

Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products Military Career

Average Salary:

$77,134

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

Millions of paychecks are issued and large amounts of materials are purchased by the services each year. To account for military spending, exact financial records must be kept of these transactions. Finance and accounting specialists organize and keep track of financial records. They also compute payrolls and other allowances, audit accounting records, and prepare payments for military personnel.

Emergency Management Directors Military Career

Average Salary:

$87,734

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military conducts physical sciences research to develop new technologies, materials, and equipment for use in a variety of areas including, medicine, and engineering. They also study physical characteristics of the atmosphere and environment to support military operations. Physical scientists conduct and manage research in fields such as chemistry, physics, meteorology, and oceanography. Depending on area of specialization, physical scientists may be involved in building new weapons systems, developing weather forecasts, or evaluating the effects of biological and chemical agents.

Industrial Production Managers Military Career

Average Salary:

$115,400

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military buys billions of dollars worth of equipment, supplies, and services from private industry each year. The services must make sure their purchases meet military specifications and are made at a fair price. Purchasing and contracting managers negotiate, write, and monitor contracts for purchasing equipment, materials, and services.

Management Analysts Military Career

Average Salary:

$122,733

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

Good management and planning reduces waste and inefficiency. By improving its management techniques, the military makes the best use of its human and material resources. Management analysts and planners study operations and organizations, identify and evaluate problems, and develop recommendations based on their findings.

Business Operations Specialists, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$65,518

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military prepares for emergencies or natural disasters by developing detailed warning, control, and evacuation plans. Emergency management specialists prepare emergency plans and respond to all types of disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, or enemy attack.

Architectural and Engineering Managers Military Career

Average Salary:

$120,166

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

In the military, people need to know that the equipment they are using will perform as expected when a crisis arises. Industrial engineers manage quality control programs to ensure that the military develops and uses high quality products and systems. They also do research to determine the most effective ways for the military to use its people and equipment.

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary Military Career

Average Salary:

$120,126

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

The military provides training and educational opportunities for all personnel. Teachers and instructors conduct classes in such academic subjects as engineering, physical science, social science, and nursing. Teachers and instructors teach military personnel subjects that are related to their military occupations.

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Military Career

Average Salary:

$154,230

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

The military has its own system of laws and courts. Lawyers in the various services Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps administer activities within the military judicial system. They also perform legal research, prosecute and defend court cases, and are judges in military courts. They provide legal services for military personnel and represent the services in civil and international legal matters.

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$56,836

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military trains new personnel in the job skills needed to begin their careers in the service. The military also offers advanced training and retraining to nearly all personnel. Instruction in electronics, health care, computer sciences, and aviation are just a few of the many vocational and technical areas for which the military has training programs. Training specialists and instructors teach classes and give demonstrations to provide military personnel with the knowledge needed to perform their jobs.

Physical Therapist Assistants Military Career

Average Salary:

$54,430

Most Common Degree:

Associate's Degree

Physical and occupational therapy consists of treatment and exercise for patients disabled by illness or injury. Physical and occupational therapy specialists assist in administering treatment aimed at helping disabled patients regain strength and mobility and preparing them to return to work.

Hospitalists Military Career

Average Salary:

$112,128

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

Military physicians and surgeons represent all of the major fields of medical specialization. Physicians and surgeons are the chief providers of medical services to military personnel and their dependents. They examine patients, diagnose their injuries or illnesses, and provide medical treatment.

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