Retired army officers can transition into a number of civilian careers. Below we will compare how forms of military experience can equate to civilian jobs. We will also look at salary figures and job growth.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2017)*||Job Growth (2006-2016)*||Applicable Military Skills|
|Chief Executive||$183,270||-4%||Decision-Making, Leadership|
|Computer and Information Systems Manager||$139,220||12%||Technical Design & Control|
|Emergency Management Director||$72,760||8%||Communication, Leadership, Math & Science|
|Training and Development Manager||$108,250||10%||Leadership|
|Medical and Health Services Manager||$98,350||20%||Communication, Healthcare Technology|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Jobs for Retired Army Officers
After leaving the military, retired army officers often have a number of learned skills and experience in many forms. Below are five jobs with comparable levels of experience. We will explore the additional education and certification that could be required to secure these jobs.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Retired army officers have military training that emphasizes leadership and authority. They are experienced in high-pressure crisis situations. Their grooming as decision-makers can translate into a career as a chief executive officer. Those in this role must have extensive experience in management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management or another area of specialty, and most chief executive officers have a Master's in Business Administration. They may need to be licensed or certified in the occupational specialty of the organization as well. Retired officers may need additional education to meet these requirements.
Computer and Information Systems Manager (IT Manager)
Those who worked as information systems management officers in the military have experience supervising the operations of information systems for army installations and their units. They have advised commanders on policy and managed computer systems and networks for the army as well as other branches of the military. Those with this experience can transition very well into a civilian computer and information systems manager position. They have the management, leadership, and computer skills required. Most people in this position usually have a bachelor's degree in computer or information systems, years of experience, and in some cases, a master's degree.
Emergency Management Director
Many army officers have experience responding to and assessing damage caused by military disasters and hazards, such as terrorist attacks and nuclear accidents. They have experience making quick decisions under pressure. Because of these skills, retired army officers can transition to a civilian emergency management director. Many in this position have a bachelor's degree, but some agencies are willing to hire those with sufficient work experience. To learn new skills, voluntary certification is also available, such as the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), and/or the Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) certification. The CEM can be obtained at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and the CBCP can be obtained at the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI).
Training and Development Manager
Army officers have experience training enlisted cadets. They develop training programs and management training and development specialists. This background equates well with a civilian training and development manager. These managers usually need experience and a bachelor's degree in fields like human resources education or business. Some companies prefer a master's degree and/or certification. A human resources certification can be obtained from organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management.
Medical and Health Services Manager
Some army officers have experience managing a medical facility, clinic, or hospital on army bases and/or ships. This experience can blend well with the civilian role of medical and health services manager. Experience and a bachelor's degree in areas like health administration, public health administration, or business administration is typically required. A master's degree is often expected with a preference in health management and health administration. Some master's degree programs may require a one-year residency.