Army 25E veterans have extensive experience managing the use of electromagnetic spectrum for signals and communications departments. Below are a number of civilian career opportunities for veteran 25Es.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Communications Equipment Operators, All Other||$39,640||10%||Experience with communications equipment and security protocols|
|Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers||$52,480||5%||Performed installation and maintenance on variety of communications systems|
|First-line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers||$63,540||7%||Maintained complex communications hardware|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$79,700||6%||Experience installing communications systems in high-security environment|
|Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists||$99,210 (electronics engineers, except computer)||4% (electronics engineers, except computer)||Daily experience with spectrum frequency allocations|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Careers for Army 25E Veterans
Veterans who served as electromagnetic spectrum managers have a demonstrated ability to allocate and manage resources, as well as field-specific experience with electronics, spectrum usage, and maintenance of field equipment. 25E veterans may find success in a number of civilian occupations.
Communications Equipment Operators, All Other
Army 25E veterans' experience with communications spectrum planning and maintenance of devices may make this a good career choice. Veterans may find that military experience is a benefit in the civilian workforce.
Communications equipment operators, are responsible for communications using a variety of specialized equipment. They are the communications link for aircraft-to-ground transmissions, ship-to-shore radio and satellite, as well as the sending and receiving of encoded messages. They work with a variety of technologies including radio, antennas, satellites, and complex networks. Candidates with a high school diploma are eligible for most jobs in this field.
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers
Veteran electromagnetic spectrum managers' experience with the maintenance of field communications systems should help them find success in this field. Civilian employers may also value military veterans' reputation for quality work and an emphasis on safety.
Radio, cellular, and tower equipment installers and repairers are expected to have an associate's degree. Workers in this industry are responsible for the installation and maintenance of a number of different types of communications systems based on radio and broadcast technologies. These may include radio and broadcast transmission, as well as receiving. They also work with two-way radio and cellular communications.
First-line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Army 25E veterans bring the proven ability to manage scarce resources to this position in the civilian workforce. Their experience in the allocation of spectrum as well as ensuring the maintenance of communications system may set them apart from other candidates.
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers supervise teams of workers in mechanical production and maintenance. They assign and manage workers' schedules and assignments in order to ensure a smooth workflow and timely completion of tasks. They are also responsible for the assignment of equipment, tools, and material. This position requires a high school diploma.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Experience with communications management as well as hands-on installation and maintenance could give Army 25E veterans an advantage in this field. Veterans' reputation for teamwork coupled with a relevant bachelor's degree could lead to a successful career.
Network and computer systems administrators work with a variety of systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and internet systems. They install, configure, and maintain these systems for companies and other organizations. They may also participate in network modeling and planning.
Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists
Radio frequencies are one part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Army 25E veterans' experience with the daily assignment of a broad spectrum to users within the military, as well as maintenance of equipment, may be a good foundation upon which to build a career in this field.
Radio frequency identification device (RFID) specialists work with systems that are used to track items or containers in inventory or transit. They design, develop, and implement systems as this technology develops. They work with new operational requirements, design solutions sets, test systems, and provide best practices guidelines to optimize performance of RFID technology. A bachelor's degree in a related field is necessary.