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Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator Help

Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator Help

Learn more about the Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator.

What does this tool do?

Employers can use the Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator to identify which military occupations (including Military Occupation Specialty, or MOS and MOC codes) best match their civilian job openings on the basis of education, training, skills, and experience. This can support the search for qualified veterans to fill civilian job openings, as the tool translates civilian position requirements into the duties of many specialized military occupations in each branch of the armed forces.

How do I get started?

Enter the civilian job title or occupation you are seeking to match to military experience. Your results will list military job titles and military specialty codes that are a good match for your hiring needs.

A search for the term “Electrician,” for example, returns a list of 84 military occupations closely related to a civilian Electrician occupation: 23 are a Marine Corps occupation, 21 are Navy, 20 Air Force, 17 Army, and 3 Coast Guard. You can use the “Sort by Branch” or the “Filter by Branch” feature to organize or narrow your results.

You can click on any military occupation title to link to a detailed description of that military job, including common work activities, provided training, and more. These descriptions are provided by Careers in the Military from the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, sponsored by the Department of Defense. Please note that not all military careers have a detailed description; if you select an occupation title that does not have this information you will see a message telling you this.

To identify civilian occupations that match to specific military occupations visit CareerOneStop’s Veterans Job Matcher. This tool works in the opposite direction, and enables veterans, service members and others to enter a specific military code or occupation title and identify closely-related civilian occupations.

What can I do with the results?

You can download and save the results of any search to a Microsoft Word, Excel, Rich Text Format (RTF) or .PDF file using the "Download" button at the bottom of your results. You can print or email your results by using the controls in the header at top right.

Where does this information come from?

This tool uses the Military Transition Search from O*NET Web Services by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). The Military Transition Search is based on data from the MOC crosswalk by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) and other sources; learn more about the Military Transition Search from the O*NET Center. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA. Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Who can I contact for help?

Please contact the CareerOneStop Service Center at