Some veterans are forced to retire because of an ailment or disability. Some will choose to retire because they want to change their career.
Fortunately, there are several options for veterans who want to transition from a military career into a civilian one.
Here are your options if you are looking for ideal jobs for military veterans.
Business Operations Manager
If you have a degree in business administration or a related field, this is a career that you can pursue. The job will require you to hire employees, work on budgets and negotiate contracts. If you think this is something that you can do on a daily basis, then you can look for job openings. You can be sure that there will be a high demand for this because this type of manager is needed across various sectors and industries.
Information Technology Specialist
If you have any computer-related degree, you can find work in any industry. After all, computers play an integral role in all types of business. You can use your technical expertise in solving computer-related problems and figuring out how technology can improve business processes.
Logistician & Supply Chain Manager
When it comes to moving stuff, the military is one of the best to do it. After all, they are used to relocating and moving bases. They understand the logistics involved and what is needed to make the transfer efficient. They know what needs to be analyzed to make the transfer go as smoothly as possible. If you have any bachelor’s degree, this should be enough to make you qualified for this position.
Customer Service Manager/Rep
Making customers happy may not be suited for someone who came from the military. After all, those coming from the military are perceived to be strict, unrelenting, and sticks to the rules even if it is the last thing that they do. However, your ability to make sure that things run smoothly and efficiently will work in your favor. You can develop the policies and procedures that will help address customer complaints and issues for the company. A bachelor’s degree is required for this and of course, your military background.
Sales Rep & Business Development
Sales rep are responsible for selling products or services while business developers are responsible for the growth of opportunities for the company. This is a great option for those coming from the military. After all, selling or developing a business requires motivation and that is one thing that is drilled into you even as a recruit. You can succeed in this career even if you only have a high school diploma.
Operations & Facilities Manager
If you have a knack for keeping things in order and working properly, you can look into a career as an operations and facilities manager. A bachelor’s degree is an important qualification and your discipline and training in the military will also come in very handy.
There are various jobs available for engineers- as long as you have the degree to make you qualified. A lot of industries require an engineer. If you have the educational background, this should be a great career for you after you leave the military.
Asset Protection Officer
As the name suggests, this job requires you to protect the assets of your employer. This means you have to conduct investigations, monitor activities and various research to make sure the assets are okay and will not be lost. In most cases, a high school diploma is acceptable as long as you have enough experience in security – which is possible through your military career.
Electrical & Mechanical Technicians
These technicians are educated or experienced in both mechanical and electrical equipment or machines. In the military, you are trained to have a lot of skills – like being taught to fix a car or any vehicle. This can prove to be useful while you are deployed and even after when you are looking for career options after your stint in the military. To qualify, you need to have at least an associate’s degree and some experience. Fortunately, military training is one of those that will make you qualified.
Industrial Systems Operators
This career will require you to operate machines, and even assemble and inspect products. You may be also assigned to check quality control. You will be required to have at least a high school diploma to qualify for this job and also a certificate or associate degree. The details will depend on who your employer will be. The great thing about this career is that there is a shortage of skilled individuals. This might be your chance to prove yourself.
Field Service Representative
This is a career that is similar to a customer service representative. However, you will be tasked to go outside the office to provide technical support. You will help the company by ensuring the product or service will not be tarnished by damages or disruptions. If you have a high school diploma and experience, this should be a great career option for you.
Finance Services & Accounting Manager
If you are good at handling your finances, you can choose this career. You can be a financial analyst, financial advisor, etc. In most cases, a bachelor’s degree is required if you want to have a job in this industry. However, there are positions like an insurance agent that do not require a college degree. It all depends on what specific career in the world of finance you want to pursue.
These professionals are the ones making sure that the telecommunications systems are well-maintained and fixed when needed. These systems process and transmit signals (voice, video or data). This is important in any business. If you know that you will miss being in the field like you were in the military, then this is a great career option. You can pursue this career if you have a post-secondary education in either telecommunications, electronics or even computer technology.
This job will obviously get you a job in the manufacturing industry. You need to have both mechanical and technical skills so you can ensure that the machines used are working properly and productively. In most cases, you also have to possess computer programming skills because most machines are run by software programs. You will be in charge of monitoring, troubleshooting and repairing machinery that is vital to the productivity of the company. A technical degree or a certification is oftentimes necessary and adequate experience.
This profession involves designing, developing and testing of software programs and systems. In the digital age, this skill set is very important. Most of the tasks require software programs for it to perform well. Engineering principles will come in handy. To qualify, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in either computer science or software engineering. Some companies will accept a degree in a related field.
Training & Development Specialist
A training and development specialist focus on manpower skills. If you pursue this career, you will be in charge of training the employees in the company. This involves planning, coordinating and implementing of the training programs. Although a bachelor’s degree is preferred, there are companies who look at experience and communication skills above all. Sometimes, your training and experience in the military are enough to land you a job.
Your training in the military will make you a great Human Resources manager. This job will require you to stand between the management and the employees. You will also be in charge of recruiting and hiring new talents for the company. A bachelor’s degree is necessary to qualify for this position but there are companies that require a master’s degree. Obviously, you need to have strong interpersonal skills or you will have a hard time connecting to the employees.
Front-Line Supervisor: Construction
This job will require you to supervise construction crews on-site. Not only that, you need to coordinate their schedules and activities – especially if there are several sites being constructed at the same time. This job does not require much when it comes to education. A high school diploma or a construction management associate degree is enough. Experience will give you an advantage when applying for this job.
Retail Store Manager
In this career, you will be in charge of managing and overseeing the daily operations in a retail store. This can be quite challenging because you have to manage not just your co-workers, but also the customers who will be visiting the store. Some companies prioritize experience over educational attainment – which is why high school diploma holders who rise from the ranks stand a good chance at becoming a retail store manager. Of course, a bachelor’s degree will boost your chances of landing this position.
As a clinical technician, your tasks will make you work behind the scenes. You can find work in a hospital, clinic, laboratory or diagnostic center. You will analyze bodily tissue, fluids, and other substances. This job is important for physicians to give patients the right diagnosis. For this job, you will need at least an associate’s degree or a certificate. A bachelor’s degree, of course, will help you get really far in this career.
This position will get you working in an insurance company. You will guide clients through the claims process. The work places you in the middle of the customer and the insurer – both of which should be satisfied at the end of the transaction. Sometimes, a high school diploma is enough to land you a job but having customer service experience will give you a bigger advantage.