Due to their work with communications systems and codes, 0621 veterans will find a number of career options that make use of their military experience. Below are career choices that may fit Marine Corps transmission system operator veterans.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers||$38,870||8%||Proven ability to remain calm in emergencies|
|First-line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers||$63,540||7%||Supervisorial experience with installation and repair of communications equipment|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$79,700||6%||Experience planning and monitoring communications systems|
|Electrical Engineers||$94,210||9%||Background in systems installation and testing of switches and other devices|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$106,860||11%||Experience working with codes, networks, and integration|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Jobs for Marine Corps 0621
Transmission system operator veterans have proven experience working with sophisticated radio and communications devices. Their ability to work with both hardware and software, as well as to follow security procedures, may lead to good career opportunities in the civilian workforce.
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
One of the most important qualities in this career is the ability to handle stressful situations calmly and deliberately. Marine Corps 0621 veterans are expected to develop this skill as part of their formal training, in addition to their duties managing combat communications.
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers receive emergency and non-emergency calls. They may also communicate dispatch information to the appropriate department. In some situations they may need to stay on the line throughout the incident to provide first aid direction or situational support to the caller. For non-emergency calls they record and provide information. Education beyond high school is not required.
First-line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Transmission system operators are responsible for the set-up and maintenance of many of the communications devices they use in the field. The variety of equipment, which includes electrical, electronic, and mechanical, may be a strong foundation for 0621 veterans entering this career.
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers rarely need to have a college degree, although experience is important. In this role, supervisors oversee the work of their teams. They are responsible for scheduling, assignment of specific duties, and the use of special equipment. They also monitor and enforce safety regulations.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Transmission system operator veterans may find that their skills are in high demand in the civilian workforce. Training in communications planning and development, as well as operation and maintenance, may provide opportunities in this career.
This career generally requires a bachelor's degree. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day monitoring and security of networked systems. They may work in private business, government, or other institutions. They monitor systems and run frequent diagnostic tests in order to ensure efficiency and security. They may also periodically conduct more stringent security tests or order them to be performed by outside consultants.
Experience with electrical and electronic equipment, such as radio and satellite equipment, may help Marine Corps 0621s stand out from other veterans. This could be a good fit for those who have a bachelor's degree in a related engineering field or are interested in pursuing one.
Electrical engineers design, develop, and oversee the manufacture of electrical devices. Many of these are components, or assemblies, which will eventually be used in the assembly of much larger systems that are common to modern life, like computers, cars, and power grids. Electrical devices are used in almost every industry and sector, including commercial, military, industrial, and scientific.
Software Developers, Systems Software
Marine Corps 0621 veterans have experience with coding and communications software. They may find that this experience is a good indication of potential success in this field.
Systems software developers focus on the deeper operating systems that allow computers and networks to work. This is operating systems-level software, rather than the applications and programs software products that are designed for the end-user. They research, design, develop, and test software that is used in compilers and network distribution software. Those who wish to pursue this career will need a bachelor's degree.