Military veterans often have a mindset - and skillset - that is considered highly attractive to hiring managers in the civilian world. However, for any number of reasons (health, childcare, personal preference) you may only be available for, or interested in, part-time work. In this article we will look at a number of fulfilling options that may make the most of the skills and qualities you developed during your service.
|Job Title||Median Hourly Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|EMT/Paramedic||$15.71||15%||Levelheadedness under pressure, adaptability, field medical knowledge|
|Police Officer||$29.62 (for police and detectives)||7% (for police and detectives)||Firearms proficiency, levelheadedness under pressure, service mindset|
|Web Developer||$31.79||13%||Self-motivation, problem-solving, attention to detail, technical equipment experience|
|Dietitian/Nutritionist||$28.33||14%||Interpersonal skills, problem-solving, compassion, food service experience|
|Occupational Therapist||$39.38||21%||Adaptability, interpersonal skills, compassion|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
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Relevance of Part-Time Jobs to Military Background
A military background is associated with discipline (both physical and mental), adaptability, learning on one's feet, and an ability to problem-solve. Additionally, service members will usually enter civilian life with one or more tangible real-world skills, whether it is firearms knowledge, medical training, or programming ability. Learn more about the following part-time jobs that are related to these skills.
EMT or Paramedic
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are frontline responders in emergency situations involving injury or illness. The job requires resilience, an ability to operate under pressure, and comfort with unpredictable and rapidly-unfolding emergency situations. You already have a strong foundation for this job from your military first aid courses taught to every soldier. Further training and licensure, including CPR certification, is required to become an EMT or paramedic; courses usually can be completed in under a year. About half of all EMTs and paramedics work for ambulance companies whose scheduling policies vary, and part-time positions may be available.
Police officers interact with the public to enforce laws and protect life and property. While the majority of police officers are full-time, part-time positions may be available (particularly in smaller departments), and part-time training academies exist in many states. Becoming a police officer usually requires completion of an academy and a probationary period within the department. Law enforcement agencies often consider veterans especially attractive candidates for their discipline, ability to operate under pressure, and firearm knowledge, and encourage applicants who are military veterans through a variety of incentives (including additional pay, fast-tracking applications, and waiving redundant certifications).
Web developers design websites, both front end (what users see when they interact with the website) and back end (the code that allows the website to function). Web development is an ideal career for self-starters with computer training gained while in the military and a knack for problem-solving. Many web developers are self-employed and make their own hours, though some companies will hire part-time developers as well. Web development requires, at the very least, strong knowledge of the markup languages HTML and CSS, and ideally knowledge of one or more programming languages like Python or SQL. Becoming a web developer does not require any special certification; many developers got their start just 'messing around' in their spare time. However, there are many formal web development programs out there, ranging from programming 'boot camps,' to one-off classes at technical schools, to full associate's and bachelor's degrees in web development or design.
Dietitian or Nutritionist
Dietitians and nutritionists advise people on how to best use food and nutrition to manage disease and promote overall health. Veterans with food service specialist experience from their time in the military may be interested in pursuing this field. Most members of this profession are affiliated with a hospital or government program, and 1 in 4 worked part-time in 2016, stated the BLS. This job requires interpersonal skills, a compassionate ear, and an ability to independently evaluate a client's health and determine a course of action for the most appropriate nutritional plan to address any issues. Becoming a dietitian or nutritionist requires a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (nutrition, biology, public health, etc.) and several hundred hours of additional training, usually in the form of an internship. Many, though not all, states require some form of certification or licensure.
Occupational therapists work therapeutically with patients who may be injured, ill, or disabled to help them achieve a satisfying state of life. A successful occupational therapist is one who is empathetic, motivating, and patient, and this might be a good career for veterans who want to help other vets less fortunate than themselves regain their independence. Occupational therapy is a highly paid job with excellent growth prospects. One in three occupational therapists works part-time, said the BLS in 2016, and the hours are often flexible depending on patients' needs. Becoming an occupational therapist requires a master's degree in occupational therapy, as well as state licensure. A master's degree program generally takes 2 to 3 years to complete. Part-time occupational therapy programs (which offer classes on nights and weekends) are also available.