Navy's Computer Science

Michal Furtak

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Career Details


  • Install, configure, and monitor local and wide area networks, hardware, and software
  • Collect, enter, and process information using computers
  • Provide customer and network administration services, such as electronic mail accounts, user training, security, virus protection, and troubleshooting
  • Use computer programs to solve problems
  • Determine and analyze computer systems requirements
  • Program information into languages that computers can read
  • Develop, test, and debug computer programs
  • Provide system analysis and maintenance
  • Implement procedures to ensure computer and network security

Education Needed

While a college degree is not necessary to become part of the computer science field, qualified Sailors could have the opportunity to receive special pay and benefits while attending college full-time and transitioning into the role of an Officer.

Skills Required

Helpful school subjects include computer science, math, and typing. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to understand and apply math concepts
  • Interest in solving problems
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Job Outlook/Growth

For those working in Navy’s computer science field, pay is dependent upon rank or rate and years in service. Like most positions, your increase in rate and rank is earned. Promotions depend upon your performance and time in service.

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