Civilian Jobs for Army Reserve Soldiers

May 21, 2018

Serving as a military reserve soldier allows one to give back to their country while simultaneously working a full-time civilian job. Balancing these responsibilities can be difficult, however the careers on this list are some good options.

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The time commitment that Army Reserve soldiers must give to the military is one weekend every month and two weeks during the summer. This allows them to hold down civilian jobs, building a second career through valuable job experience, while continuing to serve.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Salary (2017)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Truck Driver $42,480 6% Vehicle operating skills
Real Estate Broker or Sales Agent $47,880 6% Interpersonal skills, sales skills
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk $39,240 -1% Skills working with numbers and finance
Forest and Conservation Worker $27,650 -2% Physical fitness
Insurance Sales Agent $49,710 10% Knowledge of investment strategies, sales skills

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Civilian Job Possibilities for Army Reserve Soldiers

When finding a civilian job, Army Reserve soldiers should think about one of two things, predictability or flexibility. Predictability is important because it is integral that work not come into conflict with their duties soldiers. Regular, Monday-Friday hours in positions that don't require overtime will be the best fit. On the other hand, a highly flexible job, where one is their own boss and makes their own schedule can also work well for Army Reserve soldiers.

Truck Driver

Truck drivers work long hours on the road, spending much time away from home. This is a demanding job that involves tight deadlines and spending many long hours alone on the road. Working for a trucking company, fitting one's schedule as an Army Reserve soldier into the trucking lifestyle may be difficult, however many truckers are self-employed, which allows for the flexibility to schedule jobs around military duties. To drive trucks, a commercial driving license (CDL) is needed.

Real Estate Broker or Sales Agent

Real estate brokers and sales agents help their clients buy and sell properties. The work done under both job titles is quite similar, however brokers are licensed to run their own businesses, while sales agents must work for a broker. The hours worked in these positions can be irregular, but are also flexible and often allow individuals to set their own schedules, making this a great career to fit into the busy life of an Army Reserve soldier. To become a real estate broker or sales agent, one must complete some pre-licensing courses and pass a licensing exam in the state where they plan to work.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk

Individuals in this position are responsible for keeping track of an organization's finances. The hours are typical of office work, and are easy to fit into an Army Reserve soldier's schedule. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 about 1 in 4 individuals in this field worked part-time. A high school diploma is the only educational requirement, however strong math and computer skills are needed.

Forest and Conservation Worker

This is the perfect job for anyone who likes to spend the majority of their time outdoors. Depending on the type of job one has as a forest and conservation worker, they may be required to respond to emergencies during any time of day. However, most of these positions hold regular hours, and are easy to fit into an Army Reserve soldier's schedule. There are also possibilities to be self-employed in this field. Two year degrees are available in forestry; however most employers will hire individuals who have a high school diploma and a valid driver's license.

Insurance Sales Agent

Insurance sales agents work to help clients find the right home, health, and life insurance policies for them. This job can be either steady or flexible, with some individuals working regular hours each week, others working in evenings and on weekends, and still others making their own schedule entirely. This flexibility makes this a job choice that is easy to fit into the hectic schedule of an Army Reserve soldier. A high school diploma is all that is needed to enter this field, and most insurance sales agents learn the skills they need on the job.

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