STEM in the Guard: A Focus on Technology

STEM_technologyThis summer, during the first week of every month, we’re taking a closer look at Army National Guard careers in each of the four STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math. Why? Because these jobs are in demand, both in the Guard and in the civilian workforce. Candidates with expertise in these fields are needed right now and well into the foreseeable future. In fact, the U.S. Department of Commerce predicts that STEM opportunities will increase by 17 percent over the next three years.

So, without further ado, on to Part 2 … technology.

Maybe you always know what new gadget is on the horizon, long before its release date. Or maybe you understand how everything works, whether it’s the latest smartphone OS release, the motherboard in your desktop hard drive, or the computer system in your car.

If so, a technology career may be a smart choice for your future. Starting down that career path by pursuing a technology military occupational specialty (MOS) in the Guard is also a smart choice, for three important reasons:

  • The skills you learn in the Guard will give you a head start on qualifying for civilian jobs like computer science, database administrator, network engineer, systems analyst, IT consultant, and software developer.
  • As with most Guard careers, your service is part-time, so you can earn a degree and/or work in that civilian technology job at the same time.
  • Finally, the Guard offers money for college and other great benefits like affordable healthcare.

The National Guard’s technology forces support global communications and intelligence efforts. Together, they design, build, manage, and maintain telecommunications systems and information systems. Many also gather and analyze highly sensitive data.

The following are some of the Guard’s technology military occupational specialties. Click the links to view nationwide job openings and read a more detailed description for each MOS.

25B Information Technology Specialist – Construct, edit, and test computer system programs. Install and perform maintenance on information processing systems, peripheral equipment, and other associated devices in both mobile and fixed facilities.

25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer – Install, operate, and perform maintenance on cable and wire communications systems, devices, and associated equipment.

25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer – Direct and perform maintenance on communications systems, communications security devices, and associated equipment. Install and operate power generators.

25S Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer – Supervise, install, operate, and maintain strategic and tactical multichannel satellite communications ground terminals, systems, network, communication security (COMSEC) devices, and associated equipment.

29E Electronic Warfare Specialist – Perform and supervise action involving the use of electromagnetic energy.

35N Signals Intelligence Analyst – Supervise, analyze, and report intercepted foreign communications at all echelons. Assist in synchronizing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Produce combat, strategic, and tactical intelligence reports.

94M Radar Repairer – Perform and supervise maintenance on ground-based sensor and radar electronic assemblies and associated equipment.

If you aren’t sure which of these career paths is best for you, don’t worry. One way to narrow it all down is to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. All Guard applicants take the ASVAB to help align their strengths with the military occupational specialties that best capitalize on those skills.

To learn more about STEM careers in the National Guard, check out our STEM Career Guide, visit our jobs board, and contact a recruiter today.

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