Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Military

Military field of degree. Employment: 7,850. Median annual wage: $66,000.

Military field of degree. Employment: 7,850. Median annual wage: $66,000

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Table 1. Military degree, 2018

Data

Military

All fields

Employment

7,850 55,381,020

Median wage

$66,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

20 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

37 59

Percent with an advanced degree

58 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of military major, 2018

Military major

Major share

Military technologies

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a military degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Management occupations

22%

Office and administrative support occupations

15

Transportation and material moving occupations

9

Educational instruction and library occupations

8

Protective service occupations

8

Other

38

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a military degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Construction managers

8% Bachelor's degree 7% 7%

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

6 High school diploma or equivalent 4 6

Insurance sales agents

5 High school diploma or equivalent 3 8

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

4 Bachelor's degree 8 53

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

4 No formal educational credential 4 1

Purchasing managers

3 Bachelor's degree 3 24

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

3 Bachelor's degree 6 19

Engineers, all other

1 Bachelor's degree 3 32

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 5 21

Office clerks, general

-5 High school diploma or equivalent 7 5

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Military,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/military/military-field-of-degree.htm (visited June 23, 2021).

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