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Cyber-Operations Specialists

Cybersecurity and Information Technology

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Work Environment

Cyber-operations specialists work in offices or in command and control centers on land or aboard ships.

  • Military Status

    Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $58,655

Overview

Cyber operations specialists conduct offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military options. They utilize devices, computer programs, and techniques designed to create an effect across cyberspace. Offensive operations involve applying force to target enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities. Defensive operations are conducted to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems by detecting, identifying, and responding to attacks against friendly networks.

Military Training

Like all enlisted personnel, cyber operations specialists 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. Cyber operations specialists in the Military receive advanced training. Starting with extensive technical preparation in everything from database design to computer networking to communications systems, skills continue to be enhanced through classroom and on-the-job instruction. Training content may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to understand and apply math concepts
  • Interest in solving problems
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Related Civilian Careers

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts