As a military veteran, there's a good chance you possess a discipline and skillset that hiring managers in the civilian world want. Many large corporations make a conscious effort to hire from the veteran community. In this article we will look at a number of careers in the corporate world that could be a fine fit for the skills you developed during your service.
|Job Title||Median Hourly Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Information Security Analyst||$44.52||28%||Computer knowledge, adaptability, levelheadedness under pressure|
|Sales Manager||$56.71||7%||Leadership, interpersonal skills, analytical skills|
|Logistician||$35.66||7%||Organization, understanding of supply chains, ability to handle a fast-paced environment|
|Network administrator||$38.32 (network and computer systems administrators)||6% (network and computer systems administrators)||Computer knowledge, problem-solving, interpersonal skills|
|Aerospace engineer||$52.72||6%||Teamwork, aviation experience, problem-solving|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
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Relevance of a Military Background for Corporate Jobs
In the civilian world, a military background is commonly associated with physical and mental resilience, integrity, and an ability to solve problems in fast-changing situations. Furthermore, veterans often will have received some form of specialized training during their service that can be applied to in-demand positions at major corporations. Learn more about the following jobs in the corporate world that are related to these skills.
Information Security Analyst
Information security analysts design and implement security measures to protect an organization's computer systems. Cyberattacks from home and abroad are increasingly becoming a fact of life for companies, and therefore responsibilities of an information security analyst are always growing and changing. Most of the time, information security analysts will have at least a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, such as computer science or information technology. Because the 'battle space' of cyber warfare is constantly changing, information security analysts need to be resilient and adaptable. You should expect to always be learning and continue to take courses and attend IT conferences to keep up with the latest developments.
As the name implies, sales managers are in charge of an organization's sales team. Sales managers analyze sales data, set goals for the team, and manage professional development for the salespeople under them. This position can be stressful as you have a lot of responsibility for those both up and down the corporate chain of command, so a level head is a must. Furthermore, a positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills will go a long way in this field. As a manager, you may also be required to work long hours and travel in order to meet sales goals. Sales managers will generally have a bachelor's degree in a field like business administration, although some positions may value your people skills more and only demand a high school diploma.
Logisticians exist in nearly every industry and are responsible for the logistics - that is, the supply chain - of an organization. If you spent any time in an active combat zone during your service, you certainly understand the importance of a functioning supply chain and the issues that can arise if there is a breakdown. A highly organized professional, the logistician is responsible for the materials and supplies for products. They conduct frequent reviews of the supply chain and identify areas where efficiency could be improved. People skills are also a must, as logisticians frequently communicate with outside clients and suppliers. Becoming a logistician requires at minimum an associate's degree, though more commonly a bachelor's degree in a relevant field like business or systems management will be expected.
Network administrators are responsible for everything related to the computer systems of an organization, from company databases and e-mail systems to the corporate website. Network administration is an ideal career for self-starters with computer training and problem-solving skills gained while in the military. Most employers will expect network administrators to at least have a bachelor's degree in a computer or technology field, such as computer science or electrical engineering (though a few may accept an associate's degree in a highly relevant field). Successful network administrators are organized, analytical, and possess a thorough knowledge of the network architecture they are responsible for. They must also possess cool heads and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as they may be called upon to break down technical concepts to colleagues (both above and below them in the hierarchy) who are not as knowledgeable and may be easily frustrated by technical issues.
Aerospace engineers design aircraft, satellites, missiles, and spacecraft, as well as prototypes for experimental air vehicles. If your work in the armed forces involved any of the above mentioned, or if you have a knack for math and physics, a career in aerospace engineering may be a good fit. Becoming an aerospace engineer requires at least a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or a related engineering field. Additionally, you will need clear communication skills and an ability to work as part of a team. While some aerospace engineers work for the federal government, there are a number of large private firms that occupy this field and develop for private use or work under government contract. This is another career where a previous security clearance can be useful, as aerospace engineers may need to work on top-secret projects.