How to Choose a Career in the Air Force

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Joining the Air Force represents a minimum of four years committed to a specific job, so choosing the right career is important, especially if you plan to stay in the service 20 years or more. Choose a career that will satisfy and challenge you during times of peace and war. The right career path offers balance between risk and long-term job satisfaction, and it can help you establish a valuable retirement plan.

  • Take the Armed Services Vocational Assessment Battery, or ASVAB, which assesses your skills and knowledge, and helps recruiters match you to a range of career paths. Check with recruiting stations regarding when and where they will hold the next test.

  • Compare job positions in potential career paths to your education level or goals. For instance, to pursue a career as an officer, once you receive a four-year degree from an accredited university, you need to enroll in officer-training school, which is the boot-camp equivalent for potential officers.

  • Research four general career fields that include administrative, electronics, security or mechanical. Administrative positions include office jobs, and security positions include jobs such as military police, guards or special forces personnel. Electronic positions include standard electrician jobs as well as IT and other computer-based programming careers, while mechanical positions include transportation department jobs and the upkeep of vehicles and planes.

  • Research medical-based positions that include physicians, dentists and medical assistant careers. Depending on the position, only graduates of nursing school or medical school might be able to pursue these positions.

  • Investigate civilian jobs related to your chosen career path by visiting sites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics that list job growth. Knowing your job prospects after you retire might help, because once you retire, you might want to continue in your chosen industry in some capacity.

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