Civilian Jobs for Special Forces

Feb 15, 2018

Special forces veterans have stellar training and leadership skills. They are known for smart analysis and executive leadership skills. Discover careers in which special forces veterans may have an edge.

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Special forces veterans have been through some of the toughest training the military can dish out. There are a number of careers in which special forces veterans may excel. Learn about 5 opportunities.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Wage (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Emergency Management Directors $70,500 8% Crisis management, prevention, rescue, security clearance
Computer Network Architects $101,210 6% Network design and planning, creating security protocols
High School Teachers $58,030 8% Leadership and training ability
Chief Security Officers $128,715** -4% (for all chief executives) Security planning and execution experience, firearms handling, crisis prevention
Police and Detectives $61,600 7% Firearms handling, conflict prevention, first aid training

Sources: *U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale

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5 Careers for Special Forces Veterans

Given the rigorous physical training, as well as training in navigation, maps, electronics, and reconnaissance, it is no wonder that special forces veterans find a wide variety of career choices open to them. Below are a few that may be of interest.

Emergency Management Directors

Special forces veterans are selected and trained for strength and fitness, among other characteristics. But, their training also encompasses working in and managing emergency situations, firearms handling, coordination of personnel, and use of electronics systems. As such, they may be regarded as suitable candidates for this position.

Emergency management directors spend the majority of their time planning and training personnel to respond to emergency situations. The position requires foresight and the ability to think critically about potential scenarios. It also involves interaction and coordination with other emergency management directors, numerous government agencies that may be involved in coordinated responses, and non-profits like the Red Cross. This position requires a bachelor's degree.

Computer Network Architects

Some members of the military's special forces are trained to work with a large number of communications systems. They can plan, organize, and direct teams in the building and use of communications systems on the go. They must be able to operate complex communications systems in difficult circumstances. This experience may give them an edge in the position of computer network architect.

Computer network architects build communication systems with a number of different systems. They may work with local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and intranets. The networks may be relatively small for a single office or encompass a global company with thousands of staff. This position requires a bachelor's degree.

High School Teachers

Many special forces veterans find that they love to work with young people and teaching. There are programs designed to help veterans enter the teaching field, such as the Troops to Teachers program offered by the Department of Defense. Critical thinking skills and a ''won't quit'' attitude may help veterans find a suitable position in this field.

High school teachers prepare lessons, monitor students, lecture, and proctor tests. Many of them participate in extra activities, like sports and after school clubs. A bachelor's degree will be required.

Chief Security Officers

Special forces are trained to provide security and protection in the most difficult circumstances. They have firearms handling experience and training, as well as special training in securing facilities and personnel. In addition they have leadership qualities. As such, they may make good chief security officers.

Chief security officers have a triple-faceted mission, they must protect facilities, personnel, and computer systems. Special forces veterans tend to have training in these areas. The chief security officer must anticipate problems, devise plans to avoid threats, and train and organize subordinates to provide security. This position requires a bachelor's.

Police and Detectives

This is the choice of many special forces veterans. Police work makes good use of their skill set, including physical, firearms, conflict prevention, and leadership training. A background in special forces may help one to secure a position on the force.

Police patrol cities in order to prevent crime and to be on hand as quickly as possible should a situation occur. They are required to be skilled in first aid, conflict prevention, firearm handling, as well as identification procedures, among others. Detectives investigate crimes after the fact. They need to be detail-oriented, precise in following procedures, and good at logic and critical thinking. There are jurisdictions in which one can enter these careers without a college degree, but many require some college and/or a bachelor's degree.

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