Veterans with training in emergency response to disasters and contamination will find a number of career opportunities open to them in the civilian workforce. Below are five careers which make the most of a CBRN specialist's (74D) experience and skills.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Hazardous Materials Removal Workers||$40,640||17%||Experience with CBRN detection and decontamination equipment|
|Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians||$66,820||8%||Communications skills and experience with training of both military and civilians in CBRN response|
|Chemical Technicians||$45,840||4%||Experience with toxic chemicals and proper handling|
|Emergency Management Directors||$70,500||8%||Training in CBRN defense actions/procedures|
|Nuclear Technicians||$79,140||1%||Hazardous Material Certification|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Careers for 74D Veterans
The ability to maintain a cool head under stressful situations and training in emergency response with hazardous chemicals sets 74Ds apart. Combined with Hazardous Material Certification, which they gain at the awareness level while in the military, 74D veterans may find they have an advantage over other job candidates in the following careers.
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
CBRN specialists have experience working with dangerous substances, as well as with wearing protective suits and working with decontamination gear. This experience may make hazardous materials removal a suitable career for 74D veterans.
Hazardous materials removal workers are responsible for the removal and clean-up of a wide variety of materials. Some of these may be dangerous, but non-volatile, such as asbestos and lead. Others may be toxic or flammable spills, which must be neutralized, removed, and the area then decontaminated. This position requires a high school diploma, on-the-job training and licensure for the removal of certain dangerous materials.
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians
Experience testing for environmental hazards and contamination could help to open doors for 74D veterans in an occupational health and safety career. CBRN specialists may find that their training in prevention and response to spills is a good foundation for this field.
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians analyze and inspect workplaces to make them safer and healthier. Specialists lead the way, performing inspections to determine compliance with health and safety regulations. Technicians work closely with the specialists, performing tests to measure hazards such as poor air or water quality, noise levels, or other potential hazards. Specialists will need a bachelor's degree, while technicians require an associate's degree.
Knowledge of proper procedures for handling various chemicals, as well as emergency response in the event of contamination, could make a chemical technician career a good fit for 74D veterans. Training with detection equipment and testing of environments may also prove to be valuable skills.
Chemical technicians provide support to chemical engineers. Technicians are generally responsible for gathering samples and performing tests on materials, under the direction of engineers. They may be involved with research, quality control, or detection of chemicals and chemical products. An associate's degree is needed for this career.
Emergency Management Directors
CBRN specialists have experience cleaning up spills and contamination using specialized equipment, and they also have experience training both military and civilians in the correct safety procedures and response. Both of those skills are a good fit for a civilian career in emergency management.
Emergency management directors must anticipate and plan responses for a wide variety of potential disasters. They create the plans and prepare their departments to ensure they are ready with an appropriate response when needed. They also coordinate with other government officials and departments on planning, preparation and response. In the event of a disaster, they lead and coordinate the response effort. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
Experience with detection equipment and emergency response procedures may give 74D veterans an advantage in nuclear technician jobs. Veterans may find that their skills with technical equipment and protective gear are also valuable.
Nuclear technicians provide assistance and support to engineers, researchers, and other professionals who work with nuclear materials. They may work in medicine, at universities, in power generation, or with physics research. Technicians need to be familiar with a variety of testing equipment, as well as procedures for handling nuclear materials. They will need to have an associate's degree.