CAREER EXPLORATIONS

Exploring career choices for cadets with emphasis on USAF careers and how they relate to non-service careers.

ISR Operator

MONITORING INTELLIGENCE

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Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operators provide top-secret intelligence to command. Utilizing a variety of classified techniques and equipment, these highly trained specialists help ensure we stay ahead of our enemies for the best chance of a mission’s success.
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Airborne Mission Systems Specialist

MANAGING THE CHAOS OF WAR

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Airborne Mission Systems Specialists help manage the battle space during tactical and strategic missions. Coordinating all of the necessary data received on airborne command centers, these specialists provide critical information to pilots and ground units during missions and operations all over the world.
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Aircraft Metals Technology

CREATING PLANE COMPONENTS

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Aircraft Metals Technology specialists act as the Air Force’s machinists and welders. From troubleshooting to final fitting, these skilled professionals weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functioning of an aircraft.
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Anesthesiologist

PROVIDING PATIENTS WITH COMFORT

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Responsible for administering local and general anesthetics, Anesthesiologists manage the health and well-being of patients before, during and immediately following a surgery or procedure. Stationed at medical facilities around the world, these specialists are critical members of any healthcare team.
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Air Traffic Control

KEEPING AIR SPACE SAFE

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Responsible for managing the flow of aircraft through all aspects of their flight, Air Traffic Control specialists ensure the safety and efficiency of air traffic on the ground and in the air. Providing specialized skills, these highly trained professionals make quick decisions while monitoring many variables to keep bases, airspace and Airmen all over the world safe.
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Bioenvironmental Engineering

DEFENDING HEALTH

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It’s the job of Bioenvironmental Engineering specialists to focus on reducing health hazards in the workplace and the surrounding areas. A job complicated by the proximity to everything from munitions to radioactive materials, these experts utilize their skills to ensure healthful working conditions and that the environment is not adversely affected by Air Force activities.
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Broadcast Journalist

COMMUNICATING THE MISSION

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Broadcast Journalists represent and communicate the interests of the Air Force. These specialists have a wide array of responsibilities and do everything from writing and editing copy and serving as on-camera announcers to maintaining the archive library to ensure information is saved for future generations.
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Civil Engineer

CREATING SAFE CONSTRUCTION

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Responsible for coming up with and implementing solutions to complex problems, Civil Engineers keep our facilities and utilities running effectively. From drafting, surveying and planning to explosive ordnance disposal and disaster preparedness, these highly trained engineers provide necessary problem skills and a wide range of expertise to thousands of structures around the world.
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Combat Controller

THE FIRST TO BATTLE

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Some of the military’s most difficult missions are carried out by Combat Controller (CCT) specialists who operate in remote, often hostile areas. Acting as a one-man attachment to other special forces teams, these highly specialized Airmen are trained in a wide range of skills, including scuba, parachuting and snowmobiling, as well as being FAA-certified air traffic controllers in order to establish air control and provide combat support on missions all over the globe.
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Critical Care Nurse

OPTIMAL CARE FOR THE SERIOUSLY ILL

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Responsible for executing complex, intensive nursing care, Critical Care Nurses provide the immediate treatment needed in severe situations. An important position wherever they’re located, the quick and expert actions of these skilled nurses can make the difference when it comes to saving a person’s life.
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Combat Rescue Officer

ENSURING LIVES ARE SAVED

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When servicemen are injured and rendered immobile on the front lines, their life depends on a swift, effective evacuation. Responsible for organizing and strategizing recovery operations, Combat Rescue Officers provide the insights and skill essential for rescue missions to succeed. These highly capable and courageous Airmen not only train, equip and develop necessary survival skills in rescue personnel, but will often deploy into direct combat as a member of the rescue team themselves.
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Developmental Engineer

ADVANCING OPERATIONS

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Covering a wide range of specialties ranging from aeronautical and computer systems to flight test and mechanical, Developmental Engineers provide advanced skill and knowledge of their particular specialties. Responsible for everything from the planning to implementation of their projects, these experts are essential to the success of operations all over the world.
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Explosive Ordnance Disposal

EXPLODING EXPLOSIVES

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Trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world, EODs are the specialists who bravely serve as the Air Force’s bomb squad. Assigned to some of the most dangerous missions, they perform tactically harrowing and technically demanding tasks in diverse environments worldwide. A job for the best and bravest, they do what needs to be done to keep others safe.
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Fire Protection

EXTINGUISHING THREATS

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The Air Force operates with unusual materials and unique environments all over the world, so we need specialists prepared for anything. Acting as the firemen of the Air Force, Fire Protection specialists deal with everything from brush fires to burning rocket fuel and hazardous material fires. Upholding our mission to ensure the safety of others, these specialists don’t just act on Air Force bases, but assist civilian fire departments when needed as well.
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Nuclear Chemist

ON A MISSION FOR ANSWERS

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Some of our biggest victories are won far from the battlefield. Making scientific breakthroughs every day, Chemists support Air Force missions through their research and discoveries. Facing technical problems of the highest caliber, these scientific leaders consider every approach while conducting their experiments and interpreting the data in order to make missions and our country safer and more effective.
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Oral Surgeon

THE SURGICAL SIDE OF DENTISTRY

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Dental care can often go beyond the realm of annual checkups. Performing a wide range of surgical treatments, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons address injuries and conditions affecting the oral and facial regions. From the removal of impacted teeth to the repair of facial trauma, these highly skilled specialists conduct procedures to improve the function or appearance of the affected areas.
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Paralegal

UPHOLDING LAW AND ORDER

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Working under the supervision of Judge Advocate Generals (attorneys), Paralegal specialists help provide legal counsel and services to their clients. These legal experts work in a wide range of legal practices doing everything from research and interviews to processing cases and discovery management in order to ensure the law, order and discipline of the Air Force.
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Pilot

COMMANDING THE SKIES

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We employ some of the most advanced aircraft in the world to complete our missions and defend our country. Utilizing extraordinary skill and precision, Air Force Pilots push each aircraft’s limits with complete control. While successfully completing their missions is paramount, their role as leaders and character models, training and commanding crews, is just as important.
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Radar, Airfield & Weather Systems

KEEPING AIRCRAFT IN CONTACT

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Responsible for air traffic and warning radar systems, and fixed and deployable navigational aids, weather equipment and radios, Radar, Airfield & Weather Systems specialists ensure that the equipment utilized by air traffic controllers and pilots is in perfect working order. These specialists install and maintain everything from air traffic control and weather equipment to ground control and navigational aids to ensure aircraft can be safely guided through takeoff and landing.
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Security Forces

POLICING OUR BASES

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Security Forces specialists go through extensive training in law enforcement and combat tactics to protect bases both stateside and overseas. A job that’s both physically and mentally demanding, these highly focused experts do everything from writing tickets to investigating on-base incidents to make sure everyone and everything on every base is protected.
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Special Reconnaissance

FIRST ON THE SCENE

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Every mission hinges on battlefield awareness. It’s the job of Air Force Special Reconnaissance (SR) to provide it - any place, any time. These Special Warfare Airmen deploy by any means - from airborne, maritime, or land-based platforms - deep behind enemy lines to collect and exploit key information, develop targets, and tilt the battlespace in our favor.
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Water & Fuel Systems Maintenance

KEEPING PIPES FLOWING

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The Air Force must maintain thousands of miles of fuel and water lines essential to our daily operations. It’s the job of Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance specialists to manage the plumbing, wastewater collection systems, liquid fuel storage and natural gas distribution systems on every base.
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There are more than 200 career options in the United States Air Force. Find out which one might be best for you. Take the Air Force personal career assessment.