Coast Guard Civilian Careers

Careers in the Coast Guard

As a civilian in the U.S. Coast Guard, you can provide essential services in diverse business and technical fields while enjoying superior workplace training and excellent federal benefits. You don’t have to enlist to join the U.S. Coast Guard. In fact, a large number of our most important roles are not military or seagoing in nature

There are over 200 different types of Civilian jobs in the U.S. Coast Guard. Some of the most common career categories include:

    • Professional Occupations
      Professional occupations support the critical role in serving and protecting America’s coastlines, waterways, and security.
    • Administrative Occupations
      Administrative positions at the U.S. Coast Guard perform work in support of business operations.
    • Technical Occupations
      Technicians apply a practical knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices that drive a field of technology.
    • Trades and Labor Positions
      Trades and labor positions are responsible for the maintenance, engineering, supply, and information services to support our missions.
    • Administrative Support Positions
      The support provided by our administrative clerical employees plays an important role in helping us meet the many security challenges facing the nation.
"In terms of careers, homeland security has an impact in so many ways."

Potential Career Areas

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Family Advocacy
  • Family Child Care
  • Employee Assistance
  • Wellness Coordination
  • Administrative Specialist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Marine Inspector
  • Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Examiner
  • Housing Management Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Search and Rescue Controller
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Marine Machinery Mechanic
  • Materials Handler
  • Painter
  • Sheet Metal Mechanic
  • Welder
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Housing Management Assistant
  • Office Automation Clerk
  • Procurement Assistant
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Secretary