Jobs In The U.S. Air Force You Didn't Know Existed

When people think of the type of jobs that are available in the military and the U.S. Air Force specifically there may be certain jobs that come to mind. Pilot, Navigator/Combat Systems, Intelligence Analysts, Administration, Aircraft Maintenance and Medical Professionals might be a few, but what about all of the other positions that you never hear about? This article will list just a few of the many that nobody is ever aware even exist and may just make you think twice about that civilian career.


Pararescue/Combat Rescue Officer

Pararescue is an elite position in the Air Force not disimilar to the Navy Seals or the Army’s Delta within the special operations community. Pararescuemen are often described as half infantryman half physician and are willing to do whatever it takes to save a person’s life. A day in the life in this career field is bound to be anything but boring, often involving parachuting, scuba diving, rock climbing or even using a snowmobile to get into hostile territory to help wounded personnel. Pararescuers are heavily trained in emergency medical tactics as well as in combat and survival skills over a 2 year period, following their training they are on alert 24/7.


Yes that’s right, even the Air Force needs Photojournalists, who would have thought. Public Affairs Photojournalists spend their day writing, editing and photographing various forms of mass media for various Air Force publications, social media, base and media releases. Photojournalists typically document photos of importance to the Air Force mission, such as, official portraits of personnel, crime scene and combat photography. They also spend their day reviewing media for public release and prepare newspapers or newsletters with the publisher for distribution and circulation.

Broadcast Journalist

Similar to the Photojournalist, the Air Force also requires Broadcast Journalists to cover the areas of radio and television. These journalistic mediums are particularly powerful tools for telling the Air Force story. Specialists in this field typically interview people, write scripts and subsequently produce radio and television programming. They also ensure that Air Force operations are historically accurate and record that information for future generations.

Space Systems Operations

Did somebody say space? If you’ve ever dreamt of being an astronaut or going into space then this is the job for you. Space Systems Operations specialists are experts that deal with anything that involves space, cool huh? They often detect ballistic missiles that are sea propelled and track various satellites to assist rocket launches and space flight operations

Special Investigations Officer

If you have an inquisitive mind or have ever wanted to be a detective or investigator then this is the job for you. Special Investigations Officers in the Air Force primarily focus on carrying out official military investigations, typically in the area of crime, fraud, counterintelligence and any other security concerns to the Air Force. An individual in this job manages investigations within the Air Force and outside it by working alongside other military branches and agencies. It is also common for them to undertake counter-espionage operations by targeting foreign intelligence services, perform interrogations, provide testimony in legal proceedings and prepare briefings on terrorist threats and other hostile entities. You could consider this job the military’s very own FBI or CIA.

Clinical Social Worker

Air Force Clinical Social Workers, help military personnel and their families cope with typical challenges and stresses in general and those specific to the military. Air Force Social Workers ultimately provide knowledge and expertise to Airmen and their families with any issues that they may be having with the tough challenges of military service. 


Air Force Dietitians, develop and implement nutrition plans to keep Airmen at their peak, regardless of their location or posting. Dietitians’ duties generally include nutrition assessment and educating patients, planning specific menus, and carrying out patient interviews. Air Force dietitians also implement policies specific to nutritional medicine services and serve as advisers to commanders in regard to nutrition and dietetics.

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE)

Survival is paramount and of the utmost importance to the military and those who serve in it, every member of the military must be able to survive independently and in environments under any conditions should there be any life threatening incidents such as an aircraft going down. SERE specialists teach personnel everything they need to know to survive. Including how to build shelters and procure food and water, medicine and first aid, land navigation and evasion techniques, the skills taught could literally be the difference between life and death.

Weather Specialist

Weather Specialists predict weather patterns and prepare forecasts, as well as brief pilots and commanders on weather conditions. You may be thinking, what does weather have to do with the military? But contrary to what you might think the weather is crucial to the military’s mission as it can have a huge effect on operations, such as if a tornado was going to hit the area.


Clearly there are numerous career fields within the military and the U.S. Air Force which have direct parallels to their civilian counterparts, ultimately making the transition from military to civilian or vice versa a simple process. Contrary to what many may think, serving in the military does not always involve being on the battlefield.