Veterans who wish to continue their career in the civilian world may find that their military experience helps make them a good fit for comparable civilian careers. Below are examples of jobs in the service industry and the comparable military careers from each branch.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2017)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills|
|Computer Support Specialist||$52,810||11%||Listening, Communication, Problem-Solving|
|Physician||$208,000||13%||Communication, Compassion, Leadership, Problem-Solving|
|Financial Manager||$125,080||19%||Analytical, Detail Oriented|
|Public Relations Specialist||$59,300||9%||Interpersonal, Writing and Speaking|
|Electrical Engineer||$95,060||9%||Concentration, Initiative, Interpersonal|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Service Industry Jobs for Veterans
The service industry has jobs that are comparable to positions held in the military. The careers listed below help veterans to make a smooth transition from the military world to the civilian world. Each career represents a different branch of the military. We will discuss the experience the veteran brings to the civilian career and the job responsibilities of each.
Computer Support Specialist
The computer support specialist is a job in the technology services industry. Veterans who served in the Army as an information technology specialist have experience in maintaining networks and providing customer service.
The computer support specialist may perform the duties of a computer network support specialist or a computer user support specialist. The computer network support specialist (also referred to as a technical support specialist) maintains and fixes computer network problems. The computer user support specialist (also referred to as a help desk technician) helps the user community solve technical problems.
Veterans who served in the Air Force as a physician have experience providing medical care to troops at various Air Force healthcare facilities around the world. The physician in the civilian world treats patients for illness and injuries after making a diagnosis with the help of diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on home and preventive care, prescribe the necessary medications, and design a treatment plan. In addition, they provide referrals to specialists.
A financial manager works in many service industries such as banks and insurance companies. Veterans who have worked as a commissioned officer financial manager in the Navy have experience in complex accounting matters, performing audits, and analyzing procurement programs.
A financial manager ensures the financial health of an organization by monitoring the organization's finances. They prepare and review financial statements, and they analyze market trends and create forecasts. In addition, they act as advisors to management when making financial decisions.
Public Relations Specialist
Public relations specialists work in the media and public affairs service industry. Veterans in the Coast Guard who have served as an enlisted public affairs specialist have experience writing articles, news releases, maintaining websites, and acting as a spokesperson.
The civilian public relations specialist presents an organization in a favorable light using social media, press and media releases, interviews, speeches, and other means used to communicate with the public. They may work for the Federal government as a press secretary informing the public about government affairs. They may be referred to as media specialists and communications specialists.
The role of an electrical engineer can be found in the architecture and engineering service industry. Veterans who have served in the Marine Corps as engineer equipment electrical systems technicians have experience troubleshooting and repairing electric motors and power generation equipment and their components.
Electrical engineers in the civilian world also work on electric motors and power generation equipment. They also design automotive and aircraft electrical systems. They experiment and discover new uses for electrical power in the development of new products. In addition, they respond to customer complaints by investigating problems and recommending solutions.