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Online Jobs for Veterans

Feb 20, 2018

The military teaches a wide variety of skills that can provide the experience one needs to get an online job once they complete their service. Knowledge of computer software and hardware can be particularly helpful for online career options.

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If you worked with computer hardware or software while in the military, or specialized in a foreign language, your experience can translate to a successful online job in the civilian world. Below are several careers that you can pursue online once you complete your service.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Database Administrator $84,950 11% Understanding of how to store, transfer, protect, and manage information on database networks. Knowledge of database languages.
Software Developer $102,280 24% Experience developing or programming applications used for military purposes.
Web Developer $66,130 15% Experience writing or testing code used for online military applications. Knowledge of popular programming languages like HTML or XML.
Computer Support Specialist $52,160 11% Working as an administrative officer or experience fulfilling administrative or support-related tasks in the military.
Interpreter and Translator $46,120 18% Fluent understanding of at least two languages and the ability to translate them.

Sources: *US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Online Jobs for Veterans

Experience in the military working with computers, networks, or technical equipment can give you the skills you need to pursue an online job once you complete the service. The military is a massive organization that relies on technology to control personnel files, payroll, and communications; military professionals utilize the world's most sophisticated technology and equipment. Experience working with, designing, or managing this technology lends itself well to an online job. If you have no technical experience but still want an online job, there are also opportunities for multilingual veterans to get an online job as an interpreter or translator.

Database Administrator

Database administrators organize, manage, and protect customer and company data using database software. The military uses databases to store data on personnel, communications, finances, and confidential information. While some database administrators work on server hardware in person at a facility, others may work on the software remotely from home. Experience modifying, testing, or safeguarding databases in the military will give you the experience many employers are looking for. In addition to experience, employers typically seek candidates that have a bachelor's degree in information technology, information systems, or computer science. Once you get a job, you may also be required to get further certification by a software vendor or vendor-neutral organization.

Software Developer

Software developers develop or create applications used on the front and back-end of software and electronic devices. Applications software developers specialize in developing computer applications, while systems software developers work on their underlying networks and systems. Experience developing, programming, and updating software or networks used for military operations will give you practical experience and knowledge employers are looking for in the civilian sector. While some developers work with an in-house team, others have the ability to work from home. Many employers are seeking software developers that have their bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field.

Web Developer

Web developers build and design websites. They are responsible for the technical aspects of a website as well as the visual look of the site. Experience designing, maintaining, or updating websites while in the military can prepare you for what's needed in the civilian sector. Some developers are also tasked with maintaining and updating websites regularly. Understanding programming languages like SQL, Javascript, PHP, CSS, and Java will improve your chances of getting a job.

Though some web developers work in an office, others may work remotely. Unlike other online jobs, educational requirements are typically dependent on the employer and can range from a high school diploma to a bachelor's degree in computer science or programming.

Computer Support Specialist

Computer support specialists provide troubleshooting assistance to businesses and customers that have a problem with their computer, software, or network. As a computer support specialist, you'll speak to customers or clients and provide help to resolve their technical problems. Computer support specialists sometimes work in call centers but can also work online from home. Experience troubleshooting software and malfunctioning technical equipment while in the military can give you the applicable skills you'd need to work as a computer support specialist in the civilian world.

Many positions that work directly with the consumer only require a high school diploma, while more technically intensive jobs at larger software firms may require a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. Certification programs are typically offered by vendors or vendor-neutral organizations and may be required for a job at certain businesses.

Interpreter and Translator

Interpreters and translators transform speech or text from one language to another. Interpreters mainly deal with sign language and speech while translators convert written language. To be a translator or interpreter, you'll need to be able to speak, write, and read at least two languages fluently. Because of new technology, many interpreters can now work remotely over the phone or by video conferencing. Acting as a translator or interpreter while in the military will give you the practical experience employers are looking for. In addition to experience, a bachelor's degree is usually required; a degree in a foreign language may improve your chances of getting a job, but isn't typically necessary.

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