Inspector General

Military Career

General Information

Description

Inspectors General are responsible for directing and managing all Inspector General (IG) programs. They oversee all inspection functions and analyze related methods and procedures to promote effectiveness of IG programs. They direct, train, and evaluate personnel and provide policy guidance concerning IG inspection programs. They perform inspections and provide reports and recommendations.

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Work Environment

Inspectors General normally work in offices, although they may work outdoors during inspections.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Inspector General in the Military

5,372

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Salary

Average Salary

$140,825

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 39%
  • Associate's degree 24%
  • Post-secondary certificate 16%
  • Some college 10%
  • High school 9%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for Inspectors General primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Building and Construction

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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