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Dentists, All Other Specialists Military Career

Average Salary:

$181,954

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Dental care is a basic health service provided to men and women in the military. Military dentists examine, diagnose, and treat diseases and disorders of the mouth. They may practice general dentistry or work in one of several specialties.

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.

Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers Military Career

Average Salary:

$48,790

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Ships, airplanes, trucks, tanks, and other military vehicles require large amounts of fuel and lubricants. These and other petroleum products require special storage and handling. Petroleum supply specialists store, handle, and ship petroleum products, such as oil, fuel, compressed gas, and lubricants.

Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers Military Career

Average Salary:

$73,599

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

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.

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists Military Career

Average Salary:

$126,807

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

The military conducts studies of human and animal diseases to understand their causes and to find treatments. Harmful pests and bacteria are studied to find ways to protect people and food against illness or infection. Life scientists study the biology and chemistry of living organisms.

Administrative Services Managers Military Career

Average Salary:

$111,716

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military is a large organization that performs a wide range of activities in locations all over the world. The success of many military activities and operations depends on the effective management and coordination of administrative functions. Administrative officers direct administrative functions and services, such as mail distribution and delivery, records management, and facilities management. Other officers who specialize by functional area, such as finance or personnel, are described under their respective occupational titles in this publication.

Biochemists and Biophysicists Military Career

Average Salary:

$112,684

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

The military conducts studies of human and animal diseases to understand their causes and to find treatments. Harmful pests and bacteria are studied to find ways to protect people and food against illness or infection. Life scientists study the biology and chemistry of living organisms.

Geography Teachers, Postsecondary Military Career

Average Salary:

Not Available

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.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators Military Career

Average Salary:

$57,681

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.

Physicists Military Career

Average Salary:

Not Available

Most Common Degree:

Advanced 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.

Lodging Managers Military Career

Average Salary:

Not Available

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military is a large organization that performs a wide range of activities in locations all over the world. The success of many military activities and operations depends on the effective management and coordination of administrative functions. Administrative officers direct administrative functions and services, such as mail distribution and delivery, records management, and facilities management. Other officers who specialize by functional area, such as finance or personnel, are described under their respective occupational titles in this publication.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants Military Career

Average Salary:

$58,391

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The military has its own judicial system for prosecuting lawbreakers and handling disputes. Legal specialists and court reporters assist military lawyers and judges in the performance of legal and judicial work. They perform legal research, prepare legal documents, and record legal proceedings.

Ship Engineers Military Career

Average Salary:

$63,141

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military operates many types of watercraft from small motor launches to large ships. Many of these vessels are powered by gasoline or diesel engines. Marine engine mechanics repair and maintain gasoline and diesel engines on ships, boats, and other watercraft. They also repair shipboard mechanical and electrical equipment.

Training and Development Specialists Military Career

Average Salary:

$67,359

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

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.

Hazardous Materials Removal Workers Military Career

Average Salary:

$55,368

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.

Life Scientists, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$105,758

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military conducts studies of human and animal diseases to understand their causes and to find treatments. Harmful pests and bacteria are studied to find ways to protect people and food against illness or infection. Life scientists study the biology and chemistry of living organisms.

General and Operations Managers Military Career

Average Salary:

$135,652

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

Military combat operations require careful planning and coordination of combat resources. Combat mission support officers ensure that everything is in the right place at the right time during military operations. They provide battle management from specialized aircraft, ground locations, and ships. Combat mission support officers normally specialize according to their area of expertise.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers Military Career

Average Salary:

$113,372

Most Common Degree:

Bachelor's Degree

The services have public information officers to keep the public informed about the military. These officers answer questions from the news media, members of Congress, private citizens, and service personnel. They also prepare reports and news releases about activities on military bases and service policies and operations.

Cargo and Freight Agents Military Career

Average Salary:

$50,915

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military constantly moves passengers and cargo. Personnel often travel to meetings, training sessions, and new assignments. Supplies and equipment to support troops must be shipped regularly. Transportation specialists plan and assist in air, sea, and land transportation for people and cargo. Some assist passenger travel as gate agents and flight attendants.

Training and Development Managers Military Career

Average Salary:

$108,528

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.

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