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Many people mistakenly think that all military members do is fly planes, sail boats, and shoot guns. The truth is that all forces run an extremely complicated mission. As such, the jobs to keep things going are diverse and challenging. And though everyone must be prepared to fight, most of the time you will be doing something else.

Below are the areas under which most military jobs fall. Within these categories, there is a considerable breadth of actual jobs. There is something in the military for everybody, so if you aren't satisfied with one job, look again! You might want to work in security/policing, or healthcare. Maybe as a journalist, or reading maps, or rescuing injured people. Maybe you want to fly, or train animals, or even play in a band. You can do all of these things in the military!

Enlisted Job Categories (click on a category to see a breakdown of jobs)

Administrative Machine Operator and Production
Combat Specialty Media and Public Affairs
Construction Protective Service
Electronic and Electrical Equipment Repair Support Services
Engineering, Science, and Technical Transportation and Material Handling
Health Care Vehicle and Machinery Mechanic
Human Resource Development  

Officer Job Categories (click on a category to see a breakdown of jobs)

Combat Specialty Media and Public Affairs
Engineering, Science, and Technical Protective Services
Executive, Administrative, and Managerial Support Services
Health Care Transportation
Human Resource Development  


Administrative (top)
Administrative Support Specialists
Finance and Accounting Specialists
Flight Operations Specialists
Legal Specialists and Court Reporters
Preventive Maintenance Analysts
Sales and Stock Specialists

Combat Specialty

Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Members
Artillery and Missile Crew Members
Special Forces


Building Electricians
Construction Equipment Operators
Construction Specialists
Plumbers and Pipe Fitters

Electronic and Electrical Equipment Repair

Avionics Technicians
Electrical Products Repairers
Electronic Instrument and Equipment Repairers
Power Plant Electricians
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers
Ship Electricians
Weapons Maintenance Technicians

Engineering, Science and Technical

Communications Equipment Operators
Computer Systems Specialists
Environmental Health and Safety Specialists
Intelligence Specialists
Meteorological Specialists
Non-Destructive Testers
Ordnance Specialists
Radar and Sonar Operators
Space Operations Specialists
Surveying, Mapping, and Drafting Technicians
Unmanned Vehicle (UV) Operations Specialists

Health Care

Cardiopulmonary and EEG Technicians
Dental and Optical Laboratory Technicians
Dental Specialists
Medical Care Technicians
Medical Laboratory Technicians
Medical Record Technicians
Medical Service Technicians
Optometric Technicians
Pharmacy Technicians
Physical and Occupational Therapy Specialists
Radiologic (X-Ray) Technicians

Human Resource Development

Personnel Specialists
Recruiting Specialists
Training Specialists and Instructors

Machine Operator and Production

Power Plant Operators
Printing Specialists
Survival Equipment Specialists
Water and Sewage Treatment Plant Operators
Welders and Metal Workers

Media and Public Affairs

Audiovisual and Broadcast Technicians
Broadcast Journalists and Newswriters
Graphic Designers and Illustrators
Interpreters and Translators
Photographic Specialists

Protective Service

Emergency Management Specialists
Law Enforcement and Security Specialists

Support Services

Caseworkers and Counselors
Food Service Specialists
Religious Program Specialists

Transportation and Material Handling

Air Crew Members
Air Traffic Controllers
Aircraft Launch and Recovery Specialists
Cargo Specialists
Flight Engineers
Petroleum Supply Specialists
Quartermasters and Boat Operators
Transportation Specialists
Vehicle Drivers
Warehousing and Distribution Specialists

Vehicle and Machinery Mechanic

Aircraft Mechanics
Automotive and Heavy Equipment Mechanics
Heating and Cooling Mechanics
Marine Engine Mechanics
Powerhouse Mechanics


Combat Specialty

Armored Assault Vehicle Officers
Artillery and Missile Officers
Combat Mission Support Officers
Infantry Officers
Special Forces Officers

Engineering, Science, and Technical

Aerospace Engineers
Civil Engineers
Communications Managers
Computer Systems Officers
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Environmental Health and Safety Officers
Industrial Engineers
Intelligence Officers
Lawyers and Judges
Life Scientists
Marine Engineers
Nuclear Engineers
Ordnance Officers
Physical Scientists
Space Operations Officers

Executive, Administrative, and Managerial

Administrative Officers
Finance and Accounting Managers
Health Services Administrators
International Relations Officers
Management Analysts and Planners
Purchasing and Contracting Managers
Store Managers
Supply and Warehousing Managers

Health Care

Physical and Occupational Therapists
Physician Assistants
Physicians and Surgeons
Registered Nurses
Speech Therapists

Human Resource Development

Personnel Managers
Recruiting Managers
Teachers and Instructors
Training and Education Directors

Media and Public Affairs

Audiovisual and Broadcast Directors
Music Directors
Public Information Officers

Protective Service

Emergency Management Officers
Law Enforcement and Security Officers

Support Services

Food Service Managers
Social Workers


Air Traffic Control Managers
Airplane Navigators
Airplane Pilots
Helicopter Pilots
Ship and Submarine Officers
Ship Engineers
Transportation Maintenance Managers
Transportation Managers

Information courtesy U.S. Department of Defense, todaysmilitary.com.


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