There are many positions held by military officers that transition well to comparable civilian management jobs. These officers possess the leadership skills and technical experience required to qualify for civilian management positions. We'll explore a few of these careers, highlighting their respective salaries, growth rates, and typical tasks.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2017)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Engineering Managers||$137,720 (architectural and engineering managers)||6% (architectural and engineering managers)||Complex problem solving, Critical thinking|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||$139,220||12%||Strong communication skills, Strong analytical skills|
|Food Service Managers||$52,030||9%||Leadership skills, Food industry expertise|
|Medical and Health Service Managers||$98,350||20%||People interaction, Technology expertise|
|Financial Managers||$125,080||19%||Quick decision-making, Performs under pressure|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Management Jobs for Veterans
There are many positions held by military officers that transition well to comparable civilian management jobs. These officers possess the leadership skills and technical experience required to qualify for civilian management positions.
Veteran engineering officers can transition seamlessly into engineering management in the civilian sector. They have experience overseeing, supporting, building, planning, and implementing the construction of buildings, bridges, roads, airfields, and more. In addition, they are formally trained in basic officer leadership skills.
Engineering managers oversee and manage the engineering and architectural services in a company or government agency. Veteran engineers who served as electronic, civil, mechanical, and architectural engineers for at least five years and have a bachelor's degree may qualify for entry-level engineering management positions in the private and public sectors. A major proponent for employing engineers is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They employ 30,000 civilian engineers.
Computer and Information System Managers
Veteran computer and information system managers have experience developing, debugging, and maintaining computer and security processes, systems, and networks for the military. Many have security clearances that increase their chances of securing civilian computer and information systems management positions. Non-managerial software developers, systems analysts, security analysts, and computer/technical support who have a bachelor's or graduate degree may qualify for civilian computer and information system manager positions.
Computer and information system managers, also known as information technology (IT) managers, are responsible for all computer functions, goals, and operations within an organization. They manage daily operations, establish standards, set priorities, hire and train IT staff, and assign and review work. They provide technical support to the organization's user community. In addition, they protect the organization by establishing data security policies and disaster recovery procedures.
Food Service Managers
Military food service supervisors and officers are trained in all aspects of food service including ordering, preparing, and serving food at military bases, camps, ships, and other facilities. Through formal education, food service officers and supervisors are knowledgeable about food service management, operations, and meal planning. Veteran cooks, chefs, bartenders, servers and other food service positions may qualify for civilian food service management positions using their experience and high school diploma, although an undergraduate degree is increasingly being requested.
Veterans have several options when they switch to civilian food service management. Civilian food service managers are found in school cafeterias, bakeries, hospitals, food courts, catering services, banquets, and restaurants. Food service management may lead to executive chef steward manager or industrial cafeteria manager positions.
Medical & Health Services Managers
Veteran healthcare officers are trained in maintaining and ensuring the health of military personnel. Veteran medical and health services managers oversee the administration of health facilities to ensure the facilities are equipped and capable of providing necessary healthcare services to the injured. Veterans qualify as managers of healthcare facilities in the civilian health care industry which offers a variety of facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, rehabilitation centers, managed care organizations, and medical centers.
Medical and health service managers develop computer systems to process and store data, supervise the work of medically-related personnel, and hire and train staff. In addition, they fulfill fiscal operations through financial reporting, budgeting and accounting functions.
Financial management is a good career option for veterans who served as military financial officers. Military financial officers are qualified for civilian financial management positions. Veterans who have at least five years of experience as accountants, financial analysts, and other financially tasked positions and also possess a bachelor's degree may assimilate into civilian financial management in the private and public sectors. Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) is a resource that aids a veteran's financial career development on Wall Street.
Financial managers in the civilian sector lead, budget, control, and plan financial activities for the organization's department, branches, and corporate offices. They ensure an organization's financial health. A financial manager's career path can lead to top executive treasurer and controller positions.