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Science and Engineering are at the heart of the Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) mission. The United States Air Force is known for its commitment to advanced technology, and AFCS supports that commitment by hiring the best of the best across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The AFCS Scientist and Engineer Career Field comprises over 60 types of positions across the following three main categories:

Analysts – Applying a variety of analytical techniques to formulate and solve problems, Analysts use scientific inquiry in the development of mathematical models and computer programs to evaluate and predict the ability to support assigned projects, studies, or problems.

Engineers – Apply your engineering degree and experience to planning for future technologies; conducting research and development; and defining requirements for systems from cradle to grave (conceptual design, build, test, deployment, sustainment, and eventual deactivation).

Scientists – We apply our scientific knowledge to solve problems ranging from environmental, materials, physics, Geographical Information Systems, geophysics, meteorology, physiology, toxicology, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear through the administration of programs related to these fields.

Many positions require a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution. Engineers require a degree from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) certified institution. Students and entry-level candidates should also consider the PALACE Acquire intern program. Details can be found here. We also offer scholarships through the Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) program. Details can be found at We also have a website dedicated to Air Force STEM. Details can be found at

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