Cyber Career Opportunities Guide

Jobs in the cyber mission field, which U.S. Cyber Command employs, are in high demand. This is a guide to the opportunities available through the military, government, and civilian channels.

  1. Military options: Below are the cyber job opportunities available in the armed services. The best way to find out more about these jobs is to speak to a recruiter for the branch that interests you or a retention non-commissioned officer for those already serving. This list does not include every job available at Cyber Command or the Service Cyber Components. These organizations are also in need of many military occupation specialties and civilian positions.  
    1. Army
      1. Enlisted Options
        1. Cyber Operations Specialist (17C): Cyber Operations Specialists conduct integrated and synchronized offensive cyberspace operations by targeting enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities. These specialists also conduct defensive operations to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems. They are responsible for detecting, identifying, and responding to attacks against friendly networks with other lethal and nonlethal actions that enable commanders to gain an advantage in cyberspace, across all domains.
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      2. Officer Options
        1. Cyber Operations Officer (17A): Cyber Operations Officers coordinate and conduct integrated and synchronized offensive cyberspace operations by targeting enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities. Cyber branch is a maneuver branch with the mission to conduct defensive and offensive cyberspace operations (DCO and OCO). Cyber is the only branch designed to directly engage threats within the cyberspace domain. Applicants must have a bachelors of science or higher degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information assurance/cyber security or mathematics.
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      3. Warrant Officer Options
        1. 170A - Cyber Warfare Technician: Performs as the Subject Matter Expert and advisor to the Commander and staff regarding the employment of offensive and defensive cyber operations assets and personnel. Directs, plans, administers, manages, integrates, and assesses cyberspace operations. Develops policy recommendations and provides technical guidance regarding the operation and management of Army, Joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and multi-national cyberspace assets and personnel. Integrates cyberspace effects into warfighting functions in an effort to optimize combat effectiveness. There are many prerequisites for this position.
        2. 170B - Electronic Warfare Technician: The Electronic Warfare (EW) Technicians, 170Bs, analyze, plan, organize, execute, monitor, integrate and assess EW operations, threat environment, and technical requirements. The EW Technician focuses the efforts of EW systems, both air and ground, against adversary personnel, facilities, or equipment with the intent of denying, degrading, disrupting, neutralizing, defeating or destroying enemy capabilities, while protecting the use of friendly electromagnetic system operations through active coordination, integration and de-confliction. The EW Technician will integrate EW into the targeting and planning process as well as assist in the development of the enemy EW order of battle, EW target information and products, intelligence, and target selection standards.
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    2. Air Force
      1. Enlisted Options
        1. Cyber Surety: Responsible for preventing, detecting and repelling cyber attacks, Cyber Surety specialists ensure the security of computer networks and online communications. From programming to hardware, these experts keep our systems and our information safe.
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        2. Cyber Transport Systems: Making sure the underlying infrastructure of this network is operating properly is the responsibility of Cyber Transport Systems specialists. Whether it's repairing a network hub at a stateside base or installing fiber-optic cable at a forward installation overseas, these experts keep our communications systems up and running and play an integral role in our continuing success.
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        3. Cyber Systems Operations: It’s the job of Cyber Systems Operations specialists to design, install and support our systems to ensure they operate properly and remain secure from outside intrusion. These experts enhance our capabilities and provide us with the best and most secure systems so we can stay ahead of the curve in everything we do.
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        4. Computer Systems Programming: These experts write, analyze, design and develop programs that are critical to our war-fighting capabilities. From maintenance tracking programs to programs that organize and display intelligence data, they ensure we have the software and programs needed to complete our missions efficiently and effectively.
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      2. Officer Options
        1. Cyberspace Operations Officer: Responsible for a wide range of weaponry, training and intelligence efficiencies, Cyberspace Operations Officers are the foremost experts on the vast world of cyberspace. From computerized, satellite and airborne communications to postal operations and tracking systems, these irreplaceable assets play a critical role in planning missions and ensuring the effectiveness of our cyberspace capabilities.
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    3. Navy
      1. Enlisted Opions
        1. Cryptologic Technician: Enlisted Sailors in the Navy Cryptology community analyze encrypted electronic communications, jam enemy radar signals, decipher information in foreign languages and maintain state-of-the-art equipment and networks used to generate top secret intel.
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        2. Information Systems Technician: In the Navy, information technology (IT) plays an important role in everything from electronic mail systems, to shipboard control systems, to Special Intelligence (SI) systems. Navy Information System Technicians (IT specialists) are Enlisted Sailors who engage in a broad range of responsibilities, including network administration, database management and computer hardware and software implementation.
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      2. Officer Options
        1. Cyber Warfare Engineer: Complex computer networks, tactical systems they control, and vital infrastructures they support are all under attack by enemies seeking to steal information or sabotage capabilities. Cyber Warfare Engineering (CWE) Officers are the highly technical computer scientists and computer engineers. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering from one of the more than 150 National Security Agency (NSA) Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE).
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      3. Link to Navy recruiting options here
    4. Marine Corps
      1. Enlisted Options
        1. Defensive Cyberspace Operator: Defensive Cyberspace Operators provide the Commander with the ability to defend the network, enable freedom of action, and employ cyber effects through real time detection, analysis, and mitigation of threats and vulnerabilities and outmaneuvering adversaries.  Defensive Cyberspace Operators install, operate, and maintain security tools in support of Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO)
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        2. Offensive Cyberspace Operator: The Offensive Cyberspace Operator specializes in Offensive Cyberspace Operations (OCO). They employ offensive cyberspace tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures. The Offensive Cyberspace Operators integrate cyberspace effects into warfighting functions in order to support tactical, operational, and strategic objectives.
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      2. Officer Options
        1. Cyberspace Officer: Cyberspace Officers command or assist in commanding a cyberspace operations unit or element. They supervise, direct, and provide guidance on all aspects of the employment of cyberspace personnel and systems. The Cyberspace Officer integrates the effects and capabilities of offensive and defensive cyberspace operations.
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    5. Coast Guard
      1. Enlisted Options
        1. Information Systems Technician: An information systems technician (IT) is responsible for establishing and maintaining Coast Guard computer systems, analog and digital voice systems (telephones and voicemail), and installing and maintaining the physical network infrastructure that ties the systems together.
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        2. Intelligence Specialist: The intelligence specialist (IS) performs a wide range of duties associated with the collection, analysis, processing, and dissemination of intelligence in support of Coast Guard operational missions.
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      2. Officer Options
        1. Direct Commission Intelligence Officer: Officers who are selected will have a chance to become a key resource in one of most dynamic fields in the Coast Guard, and will obtain an initial assignment within the intelligence community.  It is therefore critical that applicants are intelligence professionals with robust work experience.
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      3. Link to Coast Guard recruiting options here
  2. Civilian Options:
    1. USAJobs
      1. USAJobs is an excellent place to look for cyber related jobs in your area or around the world. Cyber Command and the Service Cyber Components post their government employee vacancies on this site.
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    2. Cyber Excepted Service
      1. Cyber career jobs are in high demand right now and the cyber excepted service initiative gives U.S. Cyber Command great leeway for hiring quickly.
      2. Here are a few of the CES positions hiring managers are looking to fill: Capability Analyst, Lab Manager, Test & Evaluation Specialist, OPSEC Manager, Information Technology Specialist, Cyber Trainer & Instructional Analyst, Cyber Exercise Planner, Cyber Scenario Developer, Cyber Program Analyst, Budget analyst, and Operations Research Analyst.
      3. Experience is highly valued in the CES, which transcends the typical timed-based approach in the competitive service. Promotions in the CES are qualification-based with no time-in-grade requirements for advancement. The Cyber Excepted Service has flexible recruitment authorities to attract the experience and attributes needed to achieve success in this domain.
    3. Internship options
      1. The X-Force program is an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country by solving real-world national security problems in collaboration with the United States military.
      2. The X-Force Fellowship program is open to U.S. citizens at the undergraduate and graduate level. Participants possess a diverse set of skills ranging from mobile and web app development, data analysis and visualization, hardware prototyping, social media strategy, and technology scouting. Participants get the opportunity to work on a mission-focused real-world project, participate in a professional development opportunity, work directly with military and national security leaders, and gain perspective as to how their skills and experience can have an outsized impact on national security.
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