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Contracts Specialists

Business Management & Administration

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Contracts specialists work in offices on land or aboard ships.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $28,061 - $256,074


Contracts specialists negotiate, procure, and process administrative actions necessary to acquire contracted resources. They understand pricing techniques, market trends, and supply sources of goods and services the Military needs to operate. Contracts specialists serve as business advisors, buyers, and administrators to support all functions of procurement actions.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Job training for contracts specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction. Training content relates to contract administration and may include:

  • Use of military procurement systems
  • Mission-focused contracting
  • Acquisition procedures
  • Contract pricing
  • Government contract laws

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with numbers

Related Civilian Careers

  • Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
  • Logistics Engineers
  • Procurement Clerks
  • Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail and Farm Products
  • Logisticians
  • Purchasing Managers

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