During the Cold War, security measures were implemented to protect American weapon systems from the Soviet Union. At the end of the Cold War, the American public believed the absence of a worthy adversary meant the potential to copy or counter American weapons was over, yet the government continued with its secrecy in Area 51. Located 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Area 51, or Groom Lake as it is known, was used for testing exotic aircraft, weapons and the secret U-2 spy plane that was used to fly missions over the Soviet Union. In 1986, Bob Lazar claimed to have worked in Area 51, and he said Area 51 was testing extremely advanced aircraft and UFO. Since then, Area 51 has been thought to be the test center for captured UFOs because of the “mysterious” lights in the night sky. The area has since gained notoriety in popular culture and is a beacon for alien enthusiasts around the world.

Working in Area 51

Become an officer in the United States Air Force. There are two ways to go about this. Either way you choose, you must obtain a college degree. You can enlist in the Air Force and then go to college to study science, or you may go to college and then enlist in the officer's program. The Air Force is committed to education, so if you join and then go to college, the Air Force has programs to help you reach your educational goals, such as tuition assistance, which can pay up to 100 percent of your tuition cost.

Advance your career within your designated field of science at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Areas of study include imaging sciences and engineering physics, with the following specialties: electro-magnetics and microwave, nuclear effects, nuclear and laser optics and plasma. Some physicists can expect to cross over to program management as their careers progress within the Air Force.

Request to be assigned to Edwards or Nellis Air Force bases. Nellis Air Force Base provides advanced combat training for composite strike forces, which includes every type of aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Located just eight miles from Las Vegas, operational testing and developing tactics also are conducted at Nellis. This base even supports combat search-and-rescue missions and remotely piloted aircraft operations worldwide. If located at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert, your principal mission is to test and evaluate new military aircraft and systems. This is the actual base that monitors and conducts all military aircraft systems at Area 51.

Contact your superior officer once assigned to a base. No matter what base you are assigned to, if you express a genuine interest in a career within science at Area 51, their is a chance you will be placed there. Groom Lake is administered by Detachment 3 of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Thus, a request to be assigned to or asking the proper channels to be employed at the Air Force Flight Test Center is the right way to go about working at Area 51.