Monitoring foreign language signals and communications is a challenging task. It requires facility with language and analysis. In the Army, soldiers who work as cryptologic linguists are classified as 35P in the military occupational specialty (MOS) codes. 35P veterans may find that careers in interpreting, research, and communications are a good fit. Below are a number of career paths.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Interpreters and Translators||$46,120||18%||Talent for foreign language|
|Radio Operators||$46,250||-1%||Experience with signals equipment|
|Training and Development Specialists||$59,020||11%||Active listening and monitoring|
|Operations Research Analysts||$79,200||27%||Complex problem solving|
|Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment||$56,250||2%||Ability to repair equipment|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Careers for 35P Veterans
These careers offer Army 35P veterans a wide selection of possibilities that make good use of their skills. Most of them rely on 35P veterans' facility with language and communications, but these careers apply that talent in different ways. Veterans may find these careers are in industries that value their military experience.
Interpreters and Translators
The ability to monitor foreign communications may indicate that one has what it takes to become a translator. This is a career in which a veteran's security clearance can be a real benefit and military experience may also help former 35P candidates to stand out over other job seekers.
Interpreters and translators work with foreign languages, translating them for various purposes. Both positions require a bachelor's degree. Interpreters work with spoken language; translators work with text, including books, news articles, documents, contracts, and correspondence. They may find their skills useful in government agencies, NGOs, businesses, schools, and intelligence agencies.
Experience working with signal equipment may give 35Ps an edge in the field of radio operators. Their ability to understand and communicate clearly may be highly valued.
Radio operators handle radiotelephone calls from ship to shore, as well as for aircraft, mining, logging, and other remote industries. They provide communication services. They may be asked to repair equipment. No degree is necessary, but certification is required.
Training and Development Specialists
35P veterans may find this a good career fit. It requires active listening, speaking, and monitoring of conversations. These skills are often found in cryptologic linguists and could serve them well in this field.
Training and development specialists are responsible for designing and implementing training programs in companies and organizations. They are often called up to help improve morale and performance, introduce new technology and processes, or to help with regulatory training. They also help employees develop new job skills. Most individuals in this field have a bachelor's degree, while almost 20% have a master's degree (O*NET OnLine).
Operations Research Analysts
Cryptologic linguists' problem-solving and computer skills may be a big advantage in this career. The ability to apply judgement in critical situations may also allow candidates to stand out from others in the field.
Operations research analysts apply mathematical formulas to situations and problems in order to optimize outcomes. They present this information in a way that can be used for management decisions and policy questions. Practitioners are expected to formulate mathematical simulations and explain the results to management in a clean and clear fashion. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
Critical-thinking skills, as well as the ability to monitor and repair equipment, are part of 35P veterans' skill set. Fluency in spreadsheet software as well as electronic resource planning (ERP) software may also be helpful.
Electrical and electronics repairers of commercial and industrial equipment test, repair, replace, and install all types of equipment. This can range from transformers to antennas, as well as industrial controls. They need to be able to test equipment, read blueprints, and maintain equipment logs. Many individuals in this position enter the career with a high school diploma.