Language Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Language officers participate in and provide supervision in various language translation and interpretation activities related to military and intelligence operations. They conduct interpretation of the target language to English and from English to the foreign language. They use appropriate phrasing in their interpretation to preserve successfully the meaning and intention of the original language. They perform interviews with non-English speakers, prepare reports, and translate written material.

Work Environment

Language officers normally work on military bases, aboard ships, or in airplanes.

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

  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Language Officers in the Military

5,856

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Salary

Average Salary

$61,606

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 52%
  • Master's degree 25%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • Post-master's certificate 8%
  • High school 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 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 language officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Language officers receive formal training in the development, sustainment, and enhancement of language skills, which often includes language immersion training. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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Knowledge

  • Foreign Language
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics

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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