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Major Bradshaw is a Physician Assistant Program Manager with the Army. He shares in detail what exactly he likes and dislikes about his job, key career decisions he made, the difficulty of getting a job in the industry and his work-life balance.

School: University of Nebraska ; Western Michigan University ; Wake Forest
Job Title: Physician Assistant Program Manager
Employer: Army

Job Summary: Military Careers

Job Description

The U.S. Military provides training and work experience in a variety of military careers. Members of the Armed Forces work in almost all occupations that are available to civilians in addition to occupations that are specific to the military. Service men and women serve on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, or in the Reserve components of these branches, and the Air National Guard and Army National Guard. The Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

On-the-Job Training

On the job training

Additional Info

Applicants must meet age, educational, aptitude, physical, and character requirements, which vary by branch of service and between officers and enlisted members. Members are assigned an occupational specialty based on their aptitude, former training, and the needs of their branch of service. All service members must sign a contract and commit to a minimum term of service.

Officers usually need a bachelor's or graduate degree.

Certification Requirement
Depending on the occupational specialty, members of the military may be eligible for civilian certifications.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$15,000 - $185,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Leadership ability, Likes working with hands, Strength/stamina, Teamwork

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