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Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Military Career

Average Salary:

$44,737

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military uses numerous vehicles to transport its troops, equipment, and supplies. Together, the services own and operate about 50,000 heavy trucks and buses. Vehicle drivers operate all types of heavy military vehicles. They drive fuel or water tank trucks, semi-tractor trailers, heavy troop transports, and passenger buses.

Office Clerks, General Military Career

Average Salary:

$50,933

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Personnel management helps individuals develop their military careers. It also serves the military's need to fill jobs with qualified workers. Personnel specialists collect and store information about the people in the military, such as training, job assignment, promotion, and health information. They work directly with service personnel and their families.

English Language and Literature 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.

Pharmacists Military Career

Average Salary:

$66,660

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

Drugs and medicines are sometimes prescribed by doctors when treating patients in military hospitals and clinics. Pharmacists manage the purchasing, storing, and dispensing of drugs and medicines.

Surgeons Military Career

Average Salary:

$141,397

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.

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.

Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers Military Career

Average Salary:

$71,025

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

Electricians Military Career

Average Salary:

$50,304

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military uses electricity to do many jobs, including lighting hospitals, running power tools, and operating computers. Building electricians install and repair electrical wiring systems in offices, repair shops, airplane hangars, and other buildings on military bases.

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General Military Career

Average Salary:

$56,695

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Combat forces use many different types of weapons from small field artillery to large ballistic missiles. Weapons may be fired from ships, planes, and ground stations. Most modern weapons have electronic components and systems that assist in locating targets, aiming weapons, and firing them. Weapons maintenance technicians maintain and repair weapons used by combat forces.

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Military Career

Average Salary:

$46,598

Most Common Degree:

Associate's Degree

Television and film productions are an important part of military communications. Films are used for training in many military occupations. They are also used to record military operations, ceremonies, and news events. These productions require the teamwork of many technicians. Audiovisual and broadcast technicians perform many specialized tasks, ranging from filming to script editing to operating audio recording devices.

Physical Therapists Military Career

Average Salary:

$102,253

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

Physical and occupational therapies are programs of treatment and exercise for patients disabled from illness or injury. Physical and occupational therapists plan and administer therapy to help patients adjust to disabilities, regain independence, and prepare to return to work.

Architects, Except Landscape and Naval Military Career

Average Salary:

Not Available

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.

Psychology 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.

Nurse Anesthetists Military Career

Average Salary:

$123,822

Most Common Degree:

Advanced Degree

Nurses are a key part of the staff at military hospitals and clinics. Registered nurses direct nursing teams and give patients individual care to help them recover from illness or injury.

Anesthesiologists Military Career

Average Salary:

$146,919

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.

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$46,633

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military uses artillery and missiles to protect infantry and tank units, as well as to secure and protect land and sea positions from enemy attack. The personnel who operate these systems will usually specialize by type of weapon system such as cannons, howitzers, missiles, or rockets. Artillery and missile crew members position, direct, and fire these weapons to destroy enemy positions and aircraft.

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators Military Career

Average Salary:

$46,262

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

Military bases operate their own water treatment plants when public facilities cannot be used. These plants provide drinking water and safely dispose of sewage. Water and sewage treatment plant operators maintain the systems that purify water and treat sewage.

Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers Military Career

Average Salary:

$69,253

Most Common Degree:

Work Experience Only

The military operates retail stores for the convenience of service men and women. In some areas, particularly overseas, the goods and services offered at military stores, laundries, and barbershops are not otherwise available. Store managers direct the operation of retail service, food, and merchandise outlets. They also manage personnel who store food, supplies, and equipment.

Teachers and Instructors, All Other Military Career

Average Salary:

$65,858

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.

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.

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