RAF airman or airwoman

Royal Air Force (RAF) airmen and airwomen use specialist skills for support roles in defence and peacekeeping missions.

Potential salary
£15,672 to £35,151
Working hours
variable
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others in a team
  • concentration skills and quick reactions
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You’ll provide specialist support in one of the following areas:

  • aircrew, including non-commissioned aircrew and weapon systems operators
  • engineering and technical roles like aircraft technician
  • catering and hospitality jobs like catering officer
  • security and defence in areas like firefighting and the RAF police
  • medical and medical support work in dental, nursing, medical and laboratory roles
  • personnel support, including administration and training
  • air operations support, like air traffic controllers
  • communications and intelligence roles like photographer and intelligence analyst
  • logistics and equipment, including driver and supply officer roles

You could work at a military base or in a warzone.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

As an airman or airwoman you could move up the ranks to a more senior position like corporal or sergeant. You could also apply to become a commissioned officer.

You could go into a wide range of careers once you leave the RAF, depending on your skills, training and qualifications.

The Career Transition Partnership, Quest and Troops to Teachers have more information on careers outside the armed forces.

You'll find out more about working in the RAF through RAF Careers.

Data from National Careers Service.
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