Air Force Jobs At a Glance
The following is a list of some Air Force enlisted and officer jobs, with short descriptions.
ENLISTED CAREERS (scroll down for Officer Careers)
Airfield Management Apprentices assist a pilot's ability to land, take-off and taxi on runways and taxiways at airfields worldwide, checking flight plans, en route weather and transmitting flight plans and flight movement messages to air route traffic control centers, flight service stations and control towers.
Aviation Resource Management Apprentices work with pilots, flight engineers, pararescuemen and aerial gunners to schedule air-refueling, bombing, airlift and fighter missions.
Supply Management Apprentices manage, administer and operate supply systems and activities to provide equipment and supplies for Air Force operations.
Supply Systems Analysis Apprentices are responsible for the day-to-day software maintenance of the supply computer systems used to track all aspects of operation.
Traffic Management Apprentices receive training to ensure that shipments are ready for transport, inspecting freight for damage, keeping accurate records and in operating forklifts, pallet trucks and hand trucks.
Vehicle Maintenance Control and Analysis Apprentices schedule and coordinate vehicle maintenance for the entire motor pool. They use the latest computer technology to keep track of the maintenance of all the vehicles on base.
Radio Communications Systems Apprentices operate radio and satellite communications equipment that form invaluable lines of communication between the president, the Air Force and other critical airborne and ground agencies of the Department of Defense.
Radio and TV Broadcasting Apprentices are cameramen, scriptwriters, announcers, directors and equipment operators who use tape recorders, turntables, video switchers, dimmers, radio consoles and other broadcasting equipment.
Regional Band Apprentices perform in a variety of musical groups. These groups, which will vary from region to region. Most include a symphonic concert band, marching band, jazz band, rock group, country band and reception combo.
Personnel Apprentices assist those people and their families in making decisions that affect their military life, including career development, special assignments, training and other personnel issues.
Chaplain Service Support Apprentices help chaplains by preparing places of worship and organizing counseling as well as working in field conditions.
Postal Apprentices see that those longawaited letters from home reach their final destination. A Postal Apprentice also computes shipping charges, operates service centers and distributes personal mail to USPS lockboxes.
Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentices service, inspect, troubleshoot, repair and perform preventive maintenance on motor and engine-driven generator sets, air conditioners, hydraulic test stands, air compressors, bomblifts, heaters and other similar support equipment.
Aerial Gunners operate airborne weapon systems and associated equipment, including pre- and postflight inspections of weapons equipment. They also perform inflight maintenance of airborne weapons systems to ensure maximum availability and utilization of weapon systems.
Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentices see that aircraft are in operationally ready condition, performing scheduled inspections, functional checks and preventive maintenance both before and after flights, and ensuring that the aircraft has been properly serviced with fuel, hydraulic fluid and liquid oxygen.
Aerospace Maintenance Apprentices ensure aircraft are in operationally ready condition, performing scheduled inspections, functional checks and preventive maintenance both before and after flights, and ensuring that the aircraft has been properly serviced with fuel, hydraulic fluid and liquid oxygen.
Helicopter Maintenance Apprentices repair, maintain and perform operational checks of the rotor, transmission and drive, landing gear, fuel, hydraulic and electrical systems, assisting specialists as required.
Aerospace Propulsion Apprentices keep turboprop aircraft in the air, removing the propeller and the engine from the aircraft, disassembling and inspecting it, then repairing or replacing defective components as required.
Aircrew Egress Systems Apprentices maintain emergency escape systems used by aircrews to escape disabled aircraft, working on emergency escape and survival systems used in aircraft, such as ejection seats, escape hatches and capsules, warning lights, emergency oxygen systems, canopies, lap belts and shoulder harnesses.
Aircraft Fuel Systems Apprentices remove, repair, clean, inspect, install and modify aircraft fuel systems, including integral fuel and water cell tanks, bladder cells and external tanks.
Aircraft Metals Technology Apprentices measure, maintain and test aircraft metals to include machine tool cutting, engine lathe cutting, precision grinding and the various methods and processes of welding.
Aircraft Structural Maintenance Apprentices classify damage to aircraft structures before they are repaired to their original strength, weight and contour using powered and nonpowered tools and equipment, including precision measurement equipment.
Survival Equipment Apprentices inspect, repair and repack aircrew survival equipment, determining the serviceability of the equipment and evaluating any problems.
Communications Cable and Antenna Systems Apprentices install cable systems that look like a tangled mess of wires to the average person. They splice, seal, pressurize and repair all types of cables, as well as how to use testing equipment for troubleshooting cable systems.
Fuels Apprentices receive, store and issue petroleum products for Air Force vehicles, aircraft and support equipment.
Missile and Space Systems Maintenance Apprentices assemble, repair, maintain, modify, inspect and service missiles, missile subsystems and related support equipment.
Vehicle Operations Apprentices operate everything from passenger cars to huge prime movers with trailers for transporting personnel and materials.
Air Transportation Apprentices load, sort and document air cargo.
Special Purpose Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance Apprentices inspect, troubleshoot and repair vehicles, including dump trucks, bucket loaders, crawler and wheeled tractors, cranes, motor graders, snow removal equipment, sweepers, aircraft cargo loading vehicles, forklifts and aircraft servcing vehicles.
Experimental Test Pilot
Reconnaissance/Surveillance/Electronic Warfare Pilot
Special Operations Pilot
Experimental Test Navigator
Special Operations Navigator
Air Battle Manager
Airfield Operations Officer
Foreign Area Officer
Operations Staff Officer
International Politico-Military Affairs
Planning and Programming Officer
Security Forces Officer
Mission Support Officer
Combat Control Officer
Logistics Plans Officer
Public Affairs Officer
Health Services Administrator
Physical Therapist Officer
Clinical Social Worker
Biomedical Science Officer
Bioenvironmental Engineering Officer
Public Health Officer
Biomedical Laboratory Officer
Chief Hospital/Clinic Services Officer
Emergency Services Physician
General Practice Physician
Nuclear Medicine Physician
Critical Care Medicine Officer
Physical Medicine Physician
Mental Health Nurse
Operating Room Nurse
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist
Pediatric Dentist Prosthodontist
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Aerospace Medicine Specialist
Occupational Medicine Specialist
Preventive Medicine Officer
Financial Management Officer
Cost Analysis Officer
Special Investigations Officer
Space and Missile Operations Officer
Aircraft Maintenance Officer
Munitions and Missile Maintenance
Communications and Information Officer