Military wives and husbands face challenges in their careers due to frequent relocation. Below are five careers that offer solid employment opportunities.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Traits|
|Teacher Assistants||$25,410||8%||Enjoy working with children and youth|
|Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors||$42,150||23%||Empathy for people in difficult circumstances|
|Lodging Managers||$51,480||4%||Ability to follow procedures and lead teams, customer service skills|
|Computer Support Specialists||$52,160||11%||Computer skills and ability to communicate clearly over the phone or remotely|
|Registered Nurses||$68,450||15%||Ability to work well under stress and follow procedures|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Careers for Air Force Spouses
Just because Air Force spouses move periodically is no reason for them to give up on a good career. The following jobs cover a variety of fields and are likely to be found in almost any city or town. Any one of these could be a good prospect.
Air Force spouses who enjoy working with kids may find this to be a good career choice. There is a need in many schools for teacher assistants and aides who have good communication skills and work well with others.
Teacher assistants support teachers in the classroom and other school settings. They may work individually with students who require extra assistance or lead groups engaged in learning activities. They may also help prepare class projects and assist teachers during special events, such as field trips. Some college education, generally 2-years, is typically required.
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
Job opportunities in this field are projected to grow extremely quickly during the 2016-2016 decade. That kind of demand can be helpful to Air Force spouses who may need to relocate frequently, in that there are likely to be job openings when they arrive in new towns. A counseling career can also be a good choice for individuals who enjoy helping others overcome challenges.
Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors work with people who have issues that may range from eating disorders to drug abuse. A counselor works to help clients change their behavior. This career requires a master's degree and the completion of an internship, as well as a state license.
For Air Force spouses who have a gift for hospitality and enjoy working with the public, this could be a good career choice. In addition, a military affiliation could come in handy when working at hotels and inns near military bases that serve guests who are visiting the base for work or family.
Lodging managers set the tone for hotels, motels, and inns. They manage staff, set schedules, and oversee the customer experience. They ensure that company procedures are followed and that service is provided at an acceptable standard. Most individuals who work in larger establishments have a relevant associate's or bachelor's degree, though some positions can be attained with a high school diploma and significant hotel work experience.
Computer Support Specialists
One doesn't need to be a whiz at computers in order to do this job, but it helps to be comfortable with them. This may be a good choice for Air Force spouses because there are often a good number of openings available and some of them may even allow for remote work.
Computer support specialists help people solve their computer problems. They may help individuals trying to install software or fix a problem on a personal computer at home, or they may help an office or small business having issues with particular hardware. The educational requirements for this career vary by technical difficulty and responsibility. There are positions for individuals with computer experience and some classes, but no degree; some companies require a bachelor's degree.
This is another career that has strong employment projections, which makes it more likely that Air Force spouses will be able to find openings in most regions of the country. Registered nursing positions may be best for individuals who work well under pressure and can get along with all types of people.
Registered nurses are found in every hospital and most doctors' offices. They provide routine patient care and assist doctors. They can work in a variety of settings, including as home health care nurses. There are several paths to becoming a registered nurse, all of which require a license. Some pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) while others earn an associate's degree (ADN).