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US Army Civilian Careers

by Anthony Oster

While it is easy to associate careers in the U.S. Army with active service, the Army relies heavily on civilian professionals to manage its business operations, health services and a variety of other functions within the Army. These professionals, while not obligated to serve in any of the U.S. Armed Services, provide integral services and support the infrastructure of the U.S. Army. From accounting to physics, there are more than 300,000 career opportunities available through the Army's civilian service.

Business Careers

What many civilians may not realize is that the U.S. Army is not only a key component to our nation's defense, but it is also a business. The Army employs accountants to keep its books, human resources professionals to enforce company policy and marketing professionals to advertise, promote and recruit new soldiers and employees.

Health and Social Services

The Army employs physicians, nurses and pharmacists to care for service members in active duty in addition to veterans. From hospitals that care for veterans and their families to on-site field medics, the U.S. Army employs more than 45,000 health care professionals to care for the troops. Just like civilian hospitals, army hospitals are in need of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, psychologists, counselors, medical technologists and pharmacists.

Legal Services

The U.S. Army has rules and regulations that must be upheld by all its members. To enforce these policies, the Army hires lawyers to both prosecute and defend its members accused of criminal offenses and court martial cases. Similarly, the Army hires lawyers to uphold copyrights, file patents and protect trademarked materials produced by its members.

STEM Careers

Whether you have a background in nuclear physics, chemical engineering or actuarial sciences, the Army hires civilians trained in science, technology, engineering and mechanical fields for numerous assignments. One of the leading examples of this is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which routinely hires engineers, biologists, hydrologists and physical scientists to come up with solutions to problems ranging from national security to the erosion of wetlands in our coastal states.

About the Author

Anthony Oster is a licensed professional counselor who earned his Master of Science in counseling psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as a writer and lead video editor for a small, South Louisiana-based video production company since 2007. Oster is the co-owner of a professional photography business and advises the owner on hardware and software acquisitions for the company.

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