Civilian Jobs for National Guard Officers

Feb 16, 2018

Discover some of the interesting careers available to National Guard Officers. These careers are found in a wide variety of fields and officers may find that they have a real advantage.

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National Guard Officers receive advanced training in a number of specific jobs. This training can lead to open doors in some great careers. See what you can do with National Guard experience.

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Career Comparison

Job Title Median Wage (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable military skills/traits
Surveying and Mapping Technicians $42,450 11% Guard experience surveying and drafting; aerial photo interpretation
Financial Managers $121,750 19% Experience with accounting and analysis of financial data; officer leadership training
Information Security Analysts $92,600 28% Experience conducting both offensive and defensive operations; analysis
Automotive Services Technicians and Mechanics $38,470 6% Experience in all aspects of maintenance and repair, including those in extreme conditions
EMTS and Paramedics $32,670 15% Ability to make accurate decisions and perform under stress; officer leadership training

Source: *U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics

5 Civilian Jobs for National Guard Officers

The combination of specialized instruction and hands-on training in the National Guard offers good opportunities in the civilian world. National Guard Officers also undergo leadership training that can be an advantage. Below are five opportunities to explore.

Surveying and Mapping Technicians

This may be a good civilian career for those who served in the National Guard STEM program as a Technical Engineering Specialist (12T). Experience with surveying, aerial photo interpretation, and architectural and structural drawing can set National Guard Officers apart.

Surveying and mapping technicians perform the measurements and data gathering from which maps are made. Surveyors work in the field taking the measurements, while mappers work in the interpretation side and are assistants to cartographers. A high school diploma or equivalent is sufficient for surveying technicians, and a postsecondary degree is often required for mapping technicians.

Financial Managers

National Guard officers may set their sights on becoming financial managers, particularly those who are trained as a Financial Management Technician (36B). The guards provide experience in accounting procedures and analysis, and leadership training may help to give a start to this career, in which service members may have an edge.

Financial managers oversee the cash flow and financial statements of businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They are responsible for tracking and informing fellow management of the condition of the enterprise in terms of income, expenditures, and taxes. This position requires a bachelor's degree and experience.

Information Security Analysts

For National Guard officers who work as Cyber Network Defender (25D), a career as an information security analyst may be a good fit. This position trains officers in both offensive and defensive operations as well as how to perform critical analysis. Real world experience in emergency settings can be an advantage over other job seekers.

In this position, analysts monitor computer systems and networks for attacks and threats. They conduct ongoing series of tests to identify vulnerabilities and address issues to proactively prevent attacks. This career requires a bachelor's degree.

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Those who have worked as Wheeled Vehicle Mechanics (91B) will likely do well with a career as a service technician or mechanic. National Guard Officers not only have the required experience repairing and maintaining every aspect of the vehicle, they have also worked on highly specialized vehicles operated in the most challenging environments. This may be an advantage over other job seekers.

Automotive service technicians and mechanics are often referred to as service technicians. They perform maintenance on all aspects of vehicles, including safety and electrical systems. This position requires postsecondary non-degree education.

EMTs and Paramedics

Medical Services Corps Officers (67) may want to consider becoming EMTs. Not only do National Guard Officers gain first-hand emergency first aid experience, they also receive leadership training which could give them the edge in seeking a position.

EMTs and paramedics are first-responders to injuries and emergencies. They perform first aid and stabilization for victims who are then transferred to emergency rooms. These are often life or death situations, so the ability to make quick accurate decisions under pressure is required. EMT positions require non-degree postsecondary training, and paramedics may need to complete an associate's degree.

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