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Get ready for some seriously technical terms here, people – Sonar Operators aren't exactly the creative type. Working with three distinct areas of Anti-Submarine Warfare operations: surface ships, submarines, or Integrated Undersea Surveillance, Sonar Operators are responsible for manning, monitoring, analyzing and compiling data from Sonar to help commanding officers make more educated decisions. More technical terms coming up: They operate sonar simulators, communication equipment, bathythermograph equipment, sonobuoys and data transmission systems. Obviously, it's a job for someone with precision, critical thinking skills, the ability to make quick decisions and listening skills. And, quite frankly, if you were able to read through these terms and they actually made sense, it might be a career worth considering.

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What it Takes

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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