This is probably why it is rare for military wives to pursue a career of their own. They already have a lot to worry about. The stress of having a career might make things a lot more complicated.
The frequency by which military families relocate is also working against the career of a military wife. You cannot hold on to a job if you have to keep on moving.
But despite that, military wives also have a financial responsibility to help the family live a comfortable lifestyle. If your finances require a boost, you know that you need to find a job that will help support your finances without compromising your roles as a military wife.
Fortunately, there are a couple of careers that a military wife can pursue without compromising their priorities. This is a great way for them to pursue their ideal career and at the same time, earn something extra for the family. Here are some of the options that military wives can look into
Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist
This job focuses on helping people, especially children with autism. The great thing about this is you have the option to pursue a full-time or part-time job. If your kids needs constant supervision, you can opt for a part-time career. Of course, you need to have a formal education in behavior analysis, psychology or other related fields to qualify for the position. You can expect to earn between $23,000 to $51,000 annually.
Computer support specialist
Information technology has become such an integral part of most businesses that being a computer support specialist can be a good career option. It does not matter if the company is big or small – they will require computer tech support to help with their hardware or software needs. If you have a computer-related degree, this is a career worth pursuing. You can earn between $26,000 to $55,000 a year.
If you love designing and you know your way around Photoshop, this is a great career option for you. The best part about this is you can easily work from home. As long as you have a stable Internet connection and a computer or laptop, you can build your career anywhere and you can work on projects anytime. You can earn between $25,000 to $57,000 a year.
Health aide / therapist
Taking up a career in either home health aide or even as an ambulatory therapist is a great idea if you have a background as a registered nurse. There are a lot of military retirees near bases and being a military wife also increases your employability. This career will help you earn between $20,000 to $40,000 a year.
This career usually needs a master’s degree and state certification but it is a booming career option. This is mainly because there is a good number of military families who opt for therapy once their marriage gets a bit rocky. You are in the best position to understand where they are coming from – being in a military family as well. This career can help you earn more than $40,000 a year.
With so many sickness cropping up and the elderly population in dire need to assistance, the pharmacy industry is a great place to start a career. There are schools offering an online program to help you get a degree. This will help you earn even up to $100,000 a year – at least if you have a Master’s degree.
Just like a computer support specialist, a computer programmer is another career that is in demand. This opens more opportunities because you can create your own programs and earn from it. From mobile applications to games and various online tools, this can be a great way to build a passive income. Once you have a great application or program, you can promote it and sell it. If you have subscribers, they can pay you monthly and that can keep the income flowing. This can even help you earn more than $100,000 a year.
If you have great people skills with a compassionate and patient nature, being a social worker might be a great career for you. This career requires an extensive educational background but being a part of a military family enables you to understand veterans and what they all go through with their respective families. You can earn between $40,000 to $76,000 if you pursue this career option.
Special education teacher
This career choice requires some specialized training. However, if you are good around kids and love spending time with them then this can be a great option for you. There is a great need for more special ed teachers. You can earn around $40,000 a year if you pursue a special ed teaching position.
Real estate agent
Being in a military family, you should have gone through a couple of relocations. This means you have talked to a couple of real estate agents already. You may want to opt for this career. For sure, you have a lot of connections to military families who have to relocate from time to time. That means you already have a clientele base. This can be a great option for you.
If you are friendly, hospitable, and a problem solver by nature then you might want to consider a career in the hotel industry. You can start in a mid-range hotel and earn experience to be able to apply to bigger hotels wherever you transfer.
If you have a pretty good network and you are able to influence people quite easily then direct selling can be a great income generating choice. You do need a small investment to purchase what you are going to sell but the returns can be quite big.
If you have ample experience with your own kids then setting up a babysitting service in your area can be a great money-making business. Of course, you have to make sure you comply with state laws and other requirements for the job so you can proceed without any problems.
Arts and crafts seller/retailer
If you have a knack at arts and crafts, this is something that you can capitalize on. Create trinkets and handicrafts that you can sell in community markets or online stores. You can use this hobby or skill as a means to earn something on the side.
If you do not have time to take on a full-time teaching post but you have the degree in education, why not take up tutoring instead? This will leave you with a more flexible work schedule. There are also options to be an online tutor if you prefer working from home. You can also opt to be a substitute teacher. Inquire with the state to find out what you can do to become a substitute teacher.
This is a simple concept for a career. You simply try to do what others cannot. There are people who do not have enough time to pick up their dry cleaning or buy a gift for a loved one. This is where you can help. You will get paid for running errands for your clients. This errand business can help you earn extra money on the side.
If you love to cook and you are very good at it, why not set up a small catering business? You can cater to small events, gathering, or even birthday parties. You can accept orders when you have the time and it should be easy enough to create a schedule that will not compromise the other tasks that you have to accomplish at home. If you can bake, this is also something that you can earn from. Bake cookies or cakes that you can sell.
Are you an animal lover? Take care of animals and earn extra money for it. You can take in cats and dogs while their owners are travelling or while they are at work. Just arrange the proper permits and set up a place in your house for the animals to be safe.
If you are a health buff then this is a great job for you. You can reach out to other military wives and take them on as clients. You can help them develop a better and healthier version of themselves while their husbands are currently deployed.
Getting a massage is no longer a luxury. It is now a necessity because it relaxes your body and improves blood circulation. There are so many benefits to getting a massage that you can be sure that you will get a lot of clients. Once you get the training and license to become a massage therapist, you can offer home service for other military wives. You can even work as a therapist in your local base helping injured soldiers get back up on their feet.
If you love to cook and cook healthy, you can start offering set menu for clients. There are some businesses that pack healthy meal combinations and clients can order them on a daily basis. You can post a weekly menu online and clients can order and specify the dates that they prefer the meals to be delivered. Being a “personalized chef” is also something that you can opt for. You can get clients and cook for their family on a regular basis. This can translate into a steady income.
If you can translate your thoughts into well-written phrases and sentences, then this can be a great career for you. There are a lot of online clients who are looking for great freelance writers. You can write eBooks, online articles, blogs, etc. There are so many career possibilities if you know how to write. You can even start your own blog and earn from the ads on it.