Essential to everyday operations is the ability to communicate effectively and securely in the cyber domain. Central to these efforts are those who harness information, technology and knowledge while overseeing the seamless operation of the global Naval Network Environment.
The job of an Information Professional (IP) is to help enable the free flow of information – serving as the first line of network defense; mapping out the network platforms of the future; and ensuring the viability, interoperability and effectiveness of the technology and systems that support Navy operations. With expertise in information systems, command and control, and space systems, IPs harness technology, information and knowledge to ensure battlespace dominance and mission success.
Serving as Officers (four-year degree required), IPs are leaders in the Information Dominance Corps (IDC) – a group of highly specialized information experts fully integrated across surface, subsurface, air, space and cyberspace domains. With shared functions, capabilities and resources, IDC members leverage their skills to optimize decision making and to maximize the use of sensors, weapons, network communications and control systems for purposes of national security and warfighting.
Decision making, intelligence, understanding of the maritime environment and shipboard operations – all depend on the work of Information Professionals. As an IP, you will plan, acquire, secure, operate and maintain the Naval network and the systems that support Navy operations and business processes. This role may include:
- Leading the Naval network warfare missions in developing tactics, techniques and procedures to realize tactical, strategic and business advantages afloat and ashore
- Driving interoperability with Joint, Allied and Coalition partners
- Building professional excellence through a career-long continuum of education, training and certification, and achievement of successive milestone qualifications and experience
- Optimizing Naval organization effectiveness through cutting-edge technologies, Knowledge Management techniques and a culture of innovation
- Overseeing the work of Information Systems Technicians – Enlisted Sailors (no degree required) who serve as specialists in information technology
Information Professionals serve in challenging roles of increasing scope and responsibility both afloat and ashore. This could include being part of Battle Group Staffs on ships at sea, working in C4I/Space/Surveillance on shore tours, serving on major Navy and Joint staffs as well as in command of key communication and surveillance facilities around the globe.
Training & Advancement
Those pursuing an Information Professional Officer position are required to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, R.I. Upon completion, they typically attend a five-week IP Basic Course of instruction in Pensacola, Fla., before or during their initial assignment.
From there, IPs are required to complete specific qualifications as part of their operational training during Fleet tours and are expected to pursue advanced education opportunities. In the course of service, specialized training received could lead to credentialing and/or certification opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Promotion opportunities are regularly available but are competitive and based on performance.
Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Information Professionals can advance their education through the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program, by pursuing opportunities at institutions such as Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or Navy War College (NWC) and by completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service colleges.
Postgraduate education is very important to the success of those serving as Information Professionals. Most IPs will attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to complete a master’s degree in C4I, space, information systems, computer science, or modeling and simulation. There’s potential to earn a graduate certificate at National Defense University or NPS as well as highly valued DoD certifications. And highly sought-after Federal Executive Fellowships, Information Assurance Scholarships and internships are also potentially available.
Like most positions, promotions depend upon your performance and time in service. Navy Officers are rewarded with excellent benefits – including a competitive salary and opportunities to earn additional pay for special duty.
A four-year degree is required to work as an Information Professional. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a technical field, preferably in Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Operations, Computer Science, Systems Engineering or General Engineering
All candidates must also be U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide, eligible for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance, and qualified for sea duty.
After the Navy
The specialized training and expertise you gain as an Information Professional may prepare you for a wide range of job opportunities available within the federal government, including future employment in areas such as Security Administration, Intelligence, Computer Engineering and Information Technology Management.
Other career opportunities in the civilian sector include work as Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Systems Analysts, Computer User Support Specialists, Database Administrators, and Network and Computer Systems Administrators.
Consider Your Service Options.
There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.