Army 91F veterans have developed skills with electrical and electronics systems, the ability to use schematics, and attention to detail. Below are five careers in which former 91Fs may excel.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters||$52,170||7%||Experience with operations and testing of weapons|
|Electronics Engineering Technicians||$62,190||2% (electrical and electronics engineering technicians)||Performed electronic, electric, and mechanical testing and diagnostics|
|First-line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers||$63,540||7%||Demonstrated ability for accuracy and attention to detail|
|Storage and Distribution Managers||$89,190||7%||Safety-conscious attitude due to experience with potentially dangerous weapons|
|Electronics Engineers, Except Computer||$99,210||4%||Training regarding fundamental principles of electronics, with hands-on technician level experience|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Careers for Army 91F Veterans
Testing and repairing small arms and artillery weapons requires respect for safety procedures, accuracy, and detail. These traits, combined with technical experience, may allow 91F veterans to find many opportunities in the following careers.
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Veteran small arms/artillery repairers have extensive experience working with potentially explosive devices, such as ballistic missiles. Safety training and respect for following procedures with disciplined precision may be of particular interest to potential employers.
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters work with explosive devices in industries like mining, construction, and demolition. They examine blast areas, plan the required power and placement of explosives accordingly, and calculate charge as well as fuse length. Safety precautions are particularly important. This position does not require a college degree, but experience is necessary.
Electronics Engineering Technicians
91F veterans are well-versed in the use of testing and diagnostic equipment for electronic devices. This may be a sound start to a career in this field.
The entry level requirement for electronics engineering technicians is an associate's degree. Technicians in this field work with and support engineers and scientists in their projects. They build and test prototypes and assemblies of components. They may work on a variety of electronic devices, such as computer parts, navigation instruments, and sensors. This position requires an understanding of electronic principles, circuitry, and testing procedures.
First-line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Army 91F veterans with leadership skills may find this a good career choice. Their experience with schematics and drawings, testing and maintenance of electronic devices, as well as military training in electronics principles, is likely to give veterans a competitive edge over other job seekers.
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers rarely have college degrees, but they do have relevant job experience. They require leadership and teamwork skills in order to supervise their team members and job experience to ensure work is completed to the required standards. They are responsible for scheduling workers, assigning duties, and coordinating the provision of equipment and material in a timely manner.
Storage and Distribution Managers
The ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail may transfer well into a career as a storage and distribution manager. Many employers may find that Army 91F veterans experience with weapons that require precise adjustments demonstrates attention to detail and steady deliberation.
Storage and distribution managers are responsible for efficient operations within warehouses and distribution centers. They supervise workers in the warehouse, who are generally involved in shipping and receiving processes. Managers develop standardized systems for workflow processes and monitor performance. They also plan and oversee safety and security programs, ensuring enforcement and adherence to regulations. A bachelor's degree is required for some of these positions.
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
Army 91F veterans are trained in the fundamental principles of electrical and electronics systems. Their experience with electronics systems as well as math and science skills may make this a good career choice.
Electronics engineers need a bachelor's degree in the field. They perform research, testing, and development of electronic components and systems. They also design electronic circuits and parts for telecommunications, aerospace, acoustics, and controls. These may be used for industrial, military, or scientific purposes.