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Special Forces in The United States

(Fuerzas especiales)

Special Forces -- Implement unconventional operations by air, land, or sea during combat or peacetime as members of elite teams. These activities include offensive raids, demolitions, reconnaissance, search and rescue, and counterterrorism. In addition to their combat training, Special Forces members often have specialized training in swimming, diving, parachuting, survival, emergency medicine, and foreign languages. Duties include conducting advanced reconnaissance operations and collecting intelligence information; recruiting, training, and equipping friendly forces; conducting raids and invasions on enemy territories; laying and detonating explosives for demolition targets; locating, identifying, defusing, and disposing of ordnance; and operating and maintaining sophisticated communications equipment.

SOC (Standard Occupational Classification)55-3018.00
Career Interests*
Minimum postsecondary education required()
Growth Outlook (projected percentage growth in jobs per year)*
Current number of workers in USA*
Projected number of workers in USA*
Average entry-level annual salary in USA (2016)*
Average annual salary for all workers in USA (2016)*
Average experienced-worker annual salary for all workers in USA (2016)*
Career ClusterLaw, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
(Ley, seguridad pública y seguridad)
Major Occupational GroupMilitary Specific

* data not available
Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


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Occupational Outlook Handbook logo  Military Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Department of Labor includes: Nature of the Work; Working Conditions; Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement; Employment; Job Outlook; Earnings; Related Occupations; and Additional Information.


Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number (55-3018.00) can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from to . High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Workers

Current number of workers is the number of people in The United States in who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units, and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms.

Projected number of workers is the estimate of the number of people in The United States in who will be full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units, and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms.

Number of workers excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave, and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2016. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses, and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2016. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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