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Business Jobs in the Military

Business positions are in demand in the military. In this article, we'll discuss the types of careers, salaries available, and what qualifications you need to get the job.

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Career Options for Business Jobs in the Military

Although we typically think of military jobs encompassing service people actively serving in our armed forces, there are actually many positions in the business realm. These jobs include the support staff that helps keep the military running smoothly. Below we explore some of the jobs available to civilian and enlisted persons, their salaries and experience levels required.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Military Status**
Accountant $65,820 Enlisted
Executive Secretary and Executive Administrative Assistant $55,860 Enlisted
Information Security Analyst $92,600 Enlisted
Purchasing Manager $127,030 Enlisted
Management Analyst $81,330 Officer
Human Resources Specialist $64,120 Enlisted

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **MyFuture.com

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Career Information for Business Jobs in the Military

Accountant

With large amounts of money being spent every day, the military needs studious managers of its finances. Accountants oversee and direct the military's financial resources. They advise officers and ensure that rules and regulations concerning funds are followed appropriately. A bachelor's degree in accounting is required.

Executive Secretary and Executive Administrative Assistant

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants help high-level administrators by conducting research, proofreading documents and maintaining databases. In the military, these workers may provide support by organizing personnel files, tracking purchase orders and scheduling travel accommodations. These positions generally require a high school diploma and on-the-job training.

Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts use computers to store data on everything from personnel to finances. They install software such as virus protection and firewalls to protect important information. They also manage the security plan for the military's computer network. Working as an information security analyst requires a bachelor's degree in a field such as programming or computer science.

Purchasing Manager

One of the primary duties of a purchasing manager in the military is to negotiate and buy supplies, services and equipment. They identify vendors, manage purchasing budgets, review and monitor contracts, prepare purchase requisitions and oversee the removal of surplus goods. A bachelor's degree in a related field and work experience are the common training requirements for purchase managers.

Management Analyst

Management analysts, also known as management consultants, suggest ways to more efficiently organize a company or department and become more profitable. Analysts working in the military use their problem-solving skills to identify the inefficient areas - be it inventory or duplicate personnel - and develop a new organizational plan. They may be asked to train staff on the new system or procedure and form a record management plan for compliance purposes. Management analysts typically need a bachelor's degree in a field like business, government or management.

Human Resources Specialist

Human resources specialists work in the hiring departments, ensuring that the military hires the best talent. Those in charge of recruitment disseminate information to the community. They discuss service employment and training, salary and benefits, and military life. This position most often requires a bachelor's degree in business, human resources or a similar field.

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