Veterans who have worked as signals have experience with highly technical equipment and security protocols. Below are five choices for ex-signals.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Traits|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians||$62,190||2%||Experience with maintenance and repair of signals equipment|
|First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers||$63,540||7%||Provision of technical assistance and training to staff and other departments|
|Management Analysts||$81,330||14%||Preparation of intelligence reports for technical and strategic purposes|
|Information Security Analysts||$92,600||28%||Understanding of security policies and procedures, technical experience|
|Managers, All Other||$104,970||8%||Coordination of signals corps at all levels of command, leadership|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Careers for Signal Veterans
From signal support systems specialist to signal officer, working in the Army signal corps can lead to well-paying civilian careers. Army veterans with signal experience may find that they have an advantage in many of these careers due to their technical training and high regard for security.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
This may a good career choice for veterans who worked as signal support systems specialists (25U). Training on maintenance and repair of electronic equipment used in this field could lead to an advantage in the civilian workforce.
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians work closely with engineers. They assist with testing of components, parts, and equipment; the building and testing of prototypes; and other duties that aid engineers in their work. Technicians get to participate in the development of new products and technologies in their field. As associate's degree is necessary for this position.
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Veteran signals may find that their military experience has prepared them to be good supervisors on many different levels. Military technical training and expertise is highly regarded, and military experience can be good training for management roles.
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers are responsible for the work and safety of their team. They make work task assignments and schedules, as well as delegate necessary equipment, and sign off on quality of the work. They also check and enforce safety procedures. This position requires a high school diploma.
Army signals who worked in intelligence, such as signals intelligence 35N, could do well in this career. Their ability to gather and compile data into actionable reports is likely to be seen as a benefit in the civilian business community.
The goal of management analysts is to improve the profitability of companies and the efficiency of government and other organizations. They are also called management consultants. They examine the practices of organizations, including deployment of resources and personnel, in order to find ways to make businesses run more efficiently and at less cost. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
Information Security Analysts
This could be a solid career choice for 25U veterans. Hands-on experience with signal equipment, which is built upon highly technical computer and network equipment, could lead to good career prospects in this field.
Information security analysts work to ensure the security of computer networks and communications within companies. They analyze systems to identify potential weakness and points of attack. They also run periodic tests to determine security and may orchestrate attacks against their own system in order to find potential weak points. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
Managers, All Other
Army officer veterans, like signal officers (25A), tend to do well in civilian management positions. Their hands-on experience during active duty service provides a solid foundation for management in civilian situations.
Managers in business oversee the staff and operations of companies. They work in almost every department, from finance to grounds keeping. What sets managers apart is their ability to think tactically, to focus on the strategic goals, and provide leadership that helps to reach those goals. Most managers have bachelor's degrees.