Combine aviation, anatomy and technology into the job of a lifetime Aerospace Physiology

Navy Pilots are on call 24/7. At a moment’s notice, they must be prepared to take to the sky and perform missions across the globe. Whether they’re rushing in after the storm or they are the storm, pilots must push their bodies to the limits. And as an aerospace physiologist, you'll condition them to do so safely.

Conduct research on the effects of high g-forces on the human body. Help pilots utilize the latest technology. Train aircrew in life-support systems used thousands of feet above the earth’s surface or join the staff of an Aviation Survival Training Center.

Wherever you go, you’ll serve as a safety net for the world’s finest flight crews.

Job Description

As an Officer in the Medical Services Corp, you’ll help reduce the risk of mishaps and enhance survival chances of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps pilots and flight crews. Here, you'll train aircrew in:

  • Aviation, sensory and acceleration physiology
  • Aeromedical flight aspects
  • Aviation life-support systems
  • Emergency egress
  • Aircraft mishap investigation
  • Water survival
  • Hypobaric chamber operations

Specific Responsibilities

As a Navy Aerospace Physiologist, you may also participate in:

  • Survival training
  • Personnel selection and training
  • Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) aimed at improving aviator performance and aircrew survivability
  • Aeromedical operational and safety programs

Work Environment

As a Navy Health Care Specialist, you may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington state.

You could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; or San Diego, California. Or you could provide medical support to deployed troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

Still more health-care opportunities are available stateside and abroad in a variety of settings: On board a surface ship, working closely with a nearby aircraft squadron, or even with the Fleet Marine Force.

Or you could conduct research at any one of dozens of Navy hospitals, anywhere from Okinawa, Japan, to Naples, Italy, to Rota, Spain. Or at Navy medical clinics anywhere from London, England, to Kaneohe, Hawaii.

No matter where you serve, you’ll provide leadership and expertise to support your country, the men and women who defend it, their families and the world at large.

Training and Advancement

Your experience could lead to future positions at Aviation Survival Training Centers and:

  • Give you the chance to work in the field as an Aeromedical Safety Officer
  • Help you become an Aviation Life-Support Systems Specialist focused on RDT&E activities
  • Or put you in line for an executive role advising high-ranking Navy and Marine Corps officials on current policy and procedure

The six-month training program begins with academic courses at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Fla. That’s followed by a flight training curriculum — including both fixed wing and helicopter experience — where candidates must demonstrate aeronautical adaptability.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs.

There's an alternative to spending years paying down the cost of your graduate education. If you're currently a practicing professional, you could potentially be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP). Talk to a Navy Officer Recruiter for more information.

Offers have many variables. To get information and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.


To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as an Aerospace Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (contact a
    Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
  • Master’s or doctoral degree* in physiology (cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuro, exercise or occupational). Applicants with related degrees (biology, biomedical engineering, kinesiology, zoology or other biological sciences) will be considered if appropriate cardio/pulmonary physiology and anatomy courses are completed
  • Complete courses in inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, college mathematics and statistics. (The following courses are highly recommended: biochemistry, comparative anatomy, histology, microbiology, calculus and biomechanics)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete an interview with two aerospace physiologists
  • Be in excellent physical condition (with the ability to swim) and physically qualified for flight in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department Article 15-90
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

* Applicants with significant military aviation experience who have completed a bachelor's degree in a biological science will be considered.

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Experience as an instructor or teacher is desirable
  • Strong personal endorsements in areas of initiative, teamwork and leadership
  • Military or general aviation experience
  • Public speaking experience
  • Strong interest in military aviation


After the Navy

In the Navy, you’ll find unrivaled training and educational opportunities. Incomparable benefits and experience. Deeper pride and purpose. And superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off when you return to the civilian world.

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.