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Serving in the US Air Force can be a step in the right direction toward a meaningful career. By pursuing your interests, finding what you’re good at, and the ability to elevate your skills, Air Force jobs can change your life.

The US Air Force offers over 200 career options from pilots to special warfare to security forces. People with different inclinations and skill levels can find something they love about a job in the Air Force.

Here, we’re briefly going over some enlisted and officer Air Force jobs to help you sift through the overwhelming information that’s out there. Then, we’ll talk about some of the best and most highly coveted jobs in the Air Force.

Enlisted Air Force Jobs

Before we get into the different kinds of careers the Air Force offers, let’s first talk about the categories in which these jobs fall. For enlisted airmen, jobs are classified into Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) which are divided into the following categories:

  • Operations
  • Maintenance and Logistics
  • Support
  • Medical and Dental
  • Legal and Chaplain
  • Finance and Contracting
  • Special Investigations

There are also various career fields within each category which we’ll separate in the following sections.

Operations

The Operations category has nine career fields, some of which have subsets within them, including:

– Aircrew Operations

  • 1A0XX In-Flight Refueling
  • 1A1XX Flight Engineer
  • 1A2XX Aircraft Loadmaster
  • 1A3XX Airborne Mission System
  • 1A4XX Airborne Operations
  • 1A5XX Flight Attendant
  • 1A6XX Aerial Gunner
  • 1A7XX Airborne Cryptologic Linguist
  • 1A8XX Special Mission Aviation

– Cyberspace

  • 1B4XX Cyberspace Defense Operations

– Command and Control Systems Operations

  • 1C0XX Aviation Resource Management
  • 1C1XX Air Traffic Control
  • 1C2XX Combat Control
  • 1C3XX Command Post
  • 1C4XX Tactical Air Control Party
  • 1C5XX Command and Control Battle Management Operations
  • 1C6XX Space Systems Operations
  • 1C7XX Airfield Management

– Intelligence

  • 1N0XX Operations Intelligence
  • 1N1XX Geospatial Intelligence
  • 1N2XX Signals Intelligence Analyst
  • 1N3XX Cryptologic Language Intelligence
  • 1N4XX Network Intelligence Analyst

– Aircrew Flight Equipment

  • 1P0XX Aircrew Flight Equipment

– Safety

  • 1S0XX Safety

– Aircrew Protection

  • 1T0XX Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE)
  • 1T1XX Pararescue

– Unmanned Aerospace Systems

  • 1U0XX Career RPA Sensor Operator

– Weather

  • 1W0XX Weather

Maintenance and Logistics

The category of maintenance and logistics include ten different career fields:

– Aerospace Maintenance

  • 2A0XX Avionics Test Station and Components
  • 2A3XX Avionics Systems
  • 2A5XX Aerospace Maintenance
  • 2A6XX Aerospace Propulsion
  • 2A7XX Aircraft Metals Technology

– Comm-Elec/WireSystems Maintenance

  • 2E1XX Satellite, Wideband, and Telemetry Systems
  • 2E2XX Network Infrastructure Systems
  • 2E6XX Communication Cable and Antenna Systems

– Fuels

– Logistic Plans

– Missile and Space Systems Maintenance

– Precision Measurement

– Maintenance Management Systems

  • 2R0XX Maintenance Management Analysis
  • 2R1XX Maintenance Management Production

– Material Management

– Transportations and Vehicle Maintenance

  • 2T0XX Traffic Management
  • 2T1XX Vehicle Operations
  • 2T2XX Air Transportation
  • 2T3XX Vehicle Maintenance

– Munitions and Weapons

Support

Support within the Air Force has eight different career fields including:

– Information Management

– Communication-Computer Systems

  • 3C0XX Communication-Computer Systems
  • 3C1XX Information Systems Technology
  • 3C2XX Network Integration

– Cyberspace Support

  • 3D0XX Knowledge Operations Management
  • 3D1XX Client Systems

– Civil Engineering

  • 3E0XX Electrical Systems
  • 3E1XX Heating, Ventilation, AC, Refrigeration
  • 3E2XX Pavement and Construction Equipment
  • 3E3XX Structural
  • 3E4XX Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance
  • 3E5XX Engineering
  • 3E6XX Operations Management
  • 3E7XX Fire Protection
  • 3E8XX Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • 3E9XX Emergency Management

– Services

– Public Affairs

  • 3N0XX Public Affairs
  • 3N1XX Regional Band
  • 3N2XX Premier Band

– Security Forces (Military Police)

– Mission Support

  • 3S0XX Personnel
  • 3S1XX Equal Opportunity
  • 3S2XX Education and Training
  • 3S3XX Manpower

Medical and Dental

Although it may be obvious, there are only two career fields in the medical and dental category as follows:

– Medical

  • Health Services Management
  • Medical Material
  • Biomedical Equipment
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering
  • Mental Health Service
  • Diet Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Cardiopulmonary Laboratory
  • Physical Medicine
  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology
  • Aerospace Medical Service
  • Surgical Service
  • Pharmacy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Ophthalmic

– Dental

Professional and Acquisition

In what’s considered the professional category, you’ll find paralegal and chaplain career fields and in the acquisition category, you’ll find contracting and financial positions.

Special Investigations

Special investigations is a career field unavailable to those looking for an entry-level position. Airmen in this field conduct criminal, fraud, counterintelligence, personal background, and technical services investigations as well as special inquiries and investigations.

Special Duty Assignments

Special duty assignments are usually performed temporarily and are a mode of classification for those working outside of their normal AFSC.

– Special Duty Identifiers

  • 8A1XX Career Assistance Advisors
  • 8A2XX Enlisted Aide
  • 8B0XX Military Training Instructor
  • 8B1XX Military Training Leader
  • 8B2XX Academy Military Training NCO
  • 8C0XX Airmen/Family Readiness Center
  • 8D0XX Strategic Debriefer
  • 8F0XX First Sergeant
  • 8G0XX Honor Guard
  • 8H0XX Airman Dorm Leader
  • 8M0XX Postal
  • 8P0XX Courier
  • 8P1XX Defense Attache
  • 8R0XX Enlisted Accessions Recruiter
  • 8R2XX Second-Tier Recruiter
  • 8R3XX Third-Tier Recruiter
  • 8S0XX Missile Facility Manager
  • 8T0XX Professional Military Education Instructor

– Special Reporting Identifiers

  • 9A0XX Awaiting Retraining – Reasons Beyond Control
  • 9A1XX Awaiting Retraining – Reasons Within Control
  • 9A2XX Awaiting Discharge, Separation, Retirement – Reasons Within Control
  • 9A3XX Awaiting Discharge, Separation, Retirement – Reasons Beyond Control
  • 9C0XX Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
  • 9D0XX Dormitory Manager
  • 9E0XX Command Chief Master Sergeant
  • 9F0XX First Term Airman Center
  • 9G1XX Group Superintendent
  • 9J0XX Prisoner
  • 9L0XX Interpreter/Translator
  • 9P0XX Patient
  • 9R0XX Civil Air Patrol – USAF Reserve Assistance NCO
  • 9S1XX Scientific Applications Specialist
  • 9T0XX Basic Enlisted Airman
  • 9T1XX Officer Trainee
  • 9T2XX Pre-Cadet Assignee
  • 9W0XX Wounded Warrior

Officer Air Force Jobs

To become an officer in the US Air Force, you’ll need at least a Bachelor’s degree and sometimes even a specialized degree beyond that. You are able to obtain a commission to join the Air Force as an officer by being selected for the Air Force ROTC at your university, attending the Air Force Academy, or graduating from Officer Training School (OTS).

As an officer, the following Air Force jobs will be available to you:

  • Pilot
  • Navigator Field
  • Space, Missile, and Command and Control
  • Intelligence Officers
  • Logistics Officers
  • Arts and Humanities Officers
  • Health and Medicine Officers
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Future Technologies Field

Best Air Force Jobs

As you can see, there are a lot more enlisted Air Force jobs than there are officer Air Force jobs. That’s because officer positions are often highly specialized and require a degree of some sort. Still, both enlisted and officer Air Force jobs can be fulfilling, challenging, and rewarding.

Even though enlisted airmen might be seen as “less than,” the Air Force is still the most difficult military branch to get into in the first place. No matter your classification, airmen should be proud of his or her status.

Probably the two most coveted Air Force jobs are in air traffic control (an enlisted position) and as a pilot (an officer position). But depending on your unique interests and the skills you’ve developed over time, the best Air Force job for you could be any number of positions.

With so much information out there, we hope this helped organize everything for you so that you can do your own research on the Air Force jobs that seem the most appealing to you. If you’re just starting out, talk to your recruiter about the best Air Force career path for you. If you’re already in the Air Force, reach out to your superiors about career transitions or speak with a career advisor about something you might be better suited for.

Overall, the Air Force is a great place to launch a fulfilling career or it can be a chance to change careers if you feel there’s something more for you in a different field. Every position is important to the overall function of the US Air Force. It’s an incredible military branch to be a part of with exciting things happening everywhere you turn.

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