Career Field: Cyber

Enlisted i Enlisted service members make up the majority of the Military and perform much of the hands-on work. Cyber Operations Specialists

Overview

As technology grows ever more sophisticated, the Military must stay on top of its cybersecurity as well as the threats that inevitably come into this domain. Cyber specialists perform both offensive and defensive cyber attacks. They audit networks for weaknesses, collect digital forensics data, and analyze software threats. 

  • Salary

    Average salary nationwide: $61,069
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  • Service Branches

    The following Services offer this career:
    ArmyArmy Marine CorpsMarine
    Corps
    NavyNavy Air ForceAir
    Force
    Coast GuardCoast
    Guard
    When talking to a recruiter be sure to ask about part-time opportunities in the Reserve and Guard

    Service members currently in this role:

    2,870
    Note: Keep in mind that there is no guarantee service members will receive their first choice for a career, as the Services determine where each individual's skills are needed most at the time.
  • Work Environment

    Cyber Operations Specialists work in offices or in command and control centers on land and aboard ships.

  • Military Training

    Job training for a cyber operations specialist requires completing both basic training and advanced cyber training. This role also requires a top secret / sensitive compartmented information (TS/SCI) security clearance.

    Some of the skills you'll learn are:
    • Conducting defensive cyberspace operations
    • Conducting offensive cyberspace operations
    • Analyzing information
    • Maintaining and using networking software tools/equipment

Other careers in this field

Officer i Officers are the managers of the Military, planning and directing operations or acting in professional roles in fields such as law and medicine.

Enlisted i Enlisted service members make up the majority of the Military and perform much of the hands-on work.

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