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What's a good job in the airforce?

What jobs in the air force are high paying not as a pilot but someone that travels often using your hands more.

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Rebecca’s Answer

Husband is a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force and has spent his career in Egress working on, and maintaining, jets (A10s, 16s, etc.) and has traveled extensively with his different units when the jets are called up for different missions. His job is very hands on without being extremely physical and requires the minimal amount of computer work when ordering aircraft parts.

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Talk to a recruiter in the area about your interests and see if they can provide more options
If there is a military base in your area, call and ask if they have active duty volunteers who would be willing to talk to you about their jobs
Ask a veteran what their experience was like and what they would do differently and/or advice
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Elaine’s Answer

Hi!
The military pays you depending on your paygrade - for example enlisted such as E5 (Staff Sergeant) or commissioned officer such as 03 (Captain). You get paid on your paygrade as well as time in service - An E5 with 6 years of military service will not get paid the same as an E5 with 8 years of service. But, regardless of career field, all E5's get the same basic pay - some career fields may get enlistment bonuses or other special duty pay etc.,

If you want to travel, there are all kinds of career fields where, once you have completed your required skill training, you will be able to volunteer to go TDY (Temporary Duty Assignments).

The first step is to talk to a recruiter and take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test) to see what career fields you qualify for - it's kind of like a placement test for the military. Once you take the test, the recruiter can help you pick out what career field you want to go into.

Look for a career field that will help you secure employment once you decide to leave the military - there are a lot of career fields that are military unique or are hard to transfer into civilian employment once you leave the service - For example, I was a military firearms instructor - there are a limited amount of jobs in the civilian world where that skill set is needed - but, something with computers, medical skills or aircraft maintenance has a lot of employment opportunities once you leave the service.

Good luck and I hope it all works out for you!

Elaine
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Lance’s Answer

There are many jobs with some great skill sets that you can build a very good career with. Before looking purely at what career fields can make the most money, perhaps a great place to start is to understand what types of activities you enjoy and are good at. For instance, do you have mechanical aptitude, or maybe a great understanding of computers, or maybe you enjoy working outdoors. Once you have a basic idea of what things you like to do, then you can make a better decision of what kind of work you might enjoy. Some jobs will require you to go to college, (like pilot), but other jobs will require you to enlist and go through job training, so you should have a clear understanding of what is needed so you can prepare yourself.

Lance recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your school guidance counselor and perform a career self-assessment test.
Talk to friends and family to see what kinds of insight they might have about your interests.
Meet with a recruiter or a service academy liaison to explore your options.
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Jeff’s Answer

Military has pay tables that you can search in google. If you are trying to do more traveling and hands on job I suggest that you look into Aircraft Maintenance. Aircraft Maintenance has different shreds that you could go into i.e. Aircraft Electrician, etc. I do want to point out that this job can be body taxing and fulfilling at the same time.
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