13B army veterans have skills and experience that are useful in the civilian workforce, including first aid training, firearms handling, use of electronic equipment, and teamwork. Below are a number of career opportunities.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|General and Operations Managers||$99,310||9%||Attention to detail while placing, provisioning, and operating cannons; teamwork as part of a cannon team|
|Wind Turbine Service Technicians||$52,260||96%||Proven ability to break down and set electrical, electronic, and heavy equipment|
|Firefighters||$48,030||7%||Physical fitness and proven leadership and team player qualities|
|Solar Photovoltaic Installers||$39,240||105%||Ability to perform calculations, identify locations, place equipment|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||$32,670||15%||Military first aid training; ability to work under pressure|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Civilian Careers for 13B Veterans
Working with howitzer cannons may not be comparable to any civilian job. However, the skills and experience of Army 13Bs may open doors to many fields in which veterans may succeed.
General and Operations Managers
This position requires an ability to work with different teams and departments. General and operations managers must pay attention to detail as well as the big picture. Army 13B veterans with experience performing a specific critical job in a much larger battlefield network may find that they do well in this role.
Most general and operations managers have a bachelor's degree. In their daily work they take on many duties within a business or organization. They may be involved in formulating policy, planning strategy, oversight of daily operations, or deployment of resources. Their duties are varied and don't fit neatly into any one department or category, which makes the position rather broad-based compared to other managerial positions.
Wind Turbine Service Technicians
Army 13Bs have some experience working with electronics equipment, such as radio communications and targeting systems, as well as large equipment like trucks and howitzers. That combination may make this career a good fit.
Wind turbine service technicians require training and may earn certifications, but they do not need a college degree. This is one of the faster growing occupations in the country that may offer long-term opportunity. 'Windtechs', as they are often called, perform maintenance work on wind turbines, including electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic systems. They must be able to diagnose and repair problems, and they may be required to climb high poles.
Army cannon crewmember veterans are likely to find the doors of most fire departments wide open for them. Fire Departments often seek to employ veterans, offering extra points on entrance exams or faster promotions. They do this because veterans like 13Bs tend to perform well and bring the correct training and attitude to the job.
The education and training requirements for firefighters vary from department to department, however most require some vocational training and certifications. Many of the required skills, like emergency first aid, are a standard part of Army 13B training. Firefighters put out fires and are first responders in most communities. They work on fire prevention projects, with search and rescue teams, with hazardous material units and are an integral part of disaster assistance teams.
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
This is another career that is growing very quickly with high demand for workers. It requires a combination of physical fitness, moderate strength, familiarity with simple electrical systems, and experience with calculations. This is a list which fits most 13B veterans rather well and may give them an opportunity to enter this field.
Solar photovoltaic installers do not require college degrees, but will require some training. Installers assemble, put in place, and connect solar panels, also known as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to homes and commercial structures. This can include a combination of carpentry, metal work, piping, and electric skills. They may need to work on roofs or towers.
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Like many veterans who are trained for active combat, 13B veterans have received significant training in emergency first aid. This can be a good foundation for further training and entry into this career.
Emergency medical technicians (EMT) require postsecondary training and certification. They are the first responders for medical situations. They seek to assess and stabilize patients who are victims of trauma or disease. If necessary EMTs may send or take patients to the hospital for further treatment.