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Star Trek Online Career Guide

Updated Tue, Jan 19, 2010 by Medeor


If you are brand new to Star Trek Online and just figuring out that you can’t play a Mage per se, then this is for you. If you’re up to speed with STO but want to see which professions each Career offers, well hey this guide is for you too. As more and more information solidifies through the beta process and we get closer to launch, our time of reckoning closes in on us. There are some choices we will all have to make when we boot up the game, (starting with the most critical) which career are you going to choose for a first character? If you’re like me, you’ll end up with plenty of do-overs but there is always something special about that first character. Today we look at the career paths and professions available down those paths.

career choices

The primary careers are Engineering, Science and Tactical. Before we move through them, which one did James T. Kirk pick? (Answers at the end).


Engineering Officer


science description
Official Description of Engineering

The Engineering profession is most closely associated with tanking, being able to survive both on the ground and in space. Engineers are also commonly associated with hotdogs due to the standard issue mustard uniforms worn by Starfleet officers who follow this career path.

Engineering Skills

Profession Options
The primary professions revolve around making things stronger, whether that is armor, shields or modifying weaponry including drones. The engineers will be in the thick of the battle keeping the focus of the enemies while supporting his group. Part gadgeteer, part lug wrench, Engineering promises to have lots of different options


Science Officer


Science description
Official Description of Science Officer

The Science Officer is the support class overall. It excels in disrupting enemy attacks and strengths while patching up comrades in arms through healing.

Science skills

Profession Options 
Similar to our standards, scientists can go a couple of different directions with their profession, mostly divided between practical applications and theory. For those wanting to go hands-on, scientists can go into more of a true healing role (Doctor) or a true scientist (disruptive technologies). The researcher straddles the line between aiding those around him/her and using special skills to disorient the enemies.


Tactical Officer


Tactical description
Official Description of Tactical Officer

The true damage dealer of the bunch, Tactical Officers focus their attention on the different ways to knock out enemies. Whether it’s toe to toe with guns blazing, or sneak attacks, the Tactical Officer will be looking for ways to dish out more damage.

Tactical skills chart

Profession Options
A Tactical Officer’s damage won’t all be up close and personal. Depending on which profession is chosen, a tactical officer may be melee-centric by going Special Forces but could also be stealthy through the Security option. The third option is Soldier specializing in grenades, tactical advantages and helping team members.


More to follow…

The skill trees have changed a few times over the last month, so don’t take these specific skills as gospel, but the overall dynamics of the class should coincide with what we see in the game now. The intent is for significant specialization through careers and professions while keeping the game accessible through gear and enhancements. Keep watching for updates as more information becomes available, as well as more in-depth guides for each individual career path.

And James T. Kirk was the most famous of all Engineers, right? Speaking of Q&A, don't forget to vote in our poll about which Career you will chose for your first Captain. 

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