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Scientist

Career Description

Some of our biggest victories are the ones we win far from the battlefield. The breakthrough discoveries produced in the lab make our missions faster, safer and more effective. Air Force physicists use their knowledge in areas such as lasers, nuclear engineering and optics. Air Force chemists apply their expertise to fuels, materiel, biotechnology, bio-optics, hyperspectral research and more. Air Force operations research analysts apply advanced analytical techniques to complex military problems. Treaty monitoring, program management and teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy are also possibilities. A variety of advanced degrees in both physics and chemistry are offered at the Air Force Institute of Technology, and those who choose to stay within the science field for their entire career are strongly encouraged to pursue them.

Career Tasks

  • Conduct and manage scientific research
  • Develop new techniques for solving scientific problems
  • Serve as a technical consultant on committees

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this position if you have interests in these areas:

  • Natural Science
  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Future Technology

Becoming an Officer

To become an officer in the Air Force, you'll enter a rigorous nine-week Officer Training School that will challenge you physically and mentally while preparing you to be a leader.