Supply Jobs for Veterans

Feb 12, 2018

For veterans seeking a position in supply chains, there are many opportunities. Some require college while others do not. Discover 6 careers in supply chains and inventory.

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There are many opportunities for veterans in the job market today, particularly for veterans with experience working in or managing supply chains. Find a career that fits your qualifications.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Wage (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Logisticians $74,170 7% Experience planning or managing supply chains
Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents $64,850 -3% Military experience in inventory and purchasing
Material Moving Machine Operators $33,890 6% Experience with forklifts and other moving equipment
Administrative Services Managers $90,050 10% Office management, record keeping, and communications
Material Recording Clerks $26,820 4% Experience working within the rigors of the military supply chain
Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers $28,390 4% Military experience driving trucks for delivery

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Careers in Supply for Veterans

With global supply chains, delivery, inventory, and control are more important than ever. Many veterans bring strong skill sets to this varied industry. Below are a number of occupations that may be worth a look.

Logisticians

For veterans with management experience in supply chains and delivery, this may be a very good choice. It requires critical thinking, sound math and computer systems ability, and attention to detail. All points that may give veterans an edge.

This career involves the movement and delivery of parts and finished products all over the world. It is often called logistics. Logisticians are responsible for planning and implementing the movement of all of those goods, getting them to the right place at the right time. This position requires a bachelor's degree.

Purchasing Managers, Purchasing, and Buyers Agents

This career could be an ideal choice for veterans who were in charge of ordering or receiving materials and inventory. It requires precision and detail, which could give veterans an advantage over other job seekers.

Within this career there are a number of career paths, some of which are management and others involved in execution. Within purchasing, materials are ordered and bought for delivery. The position requires attention to detail in contracts, item identification, and delivery times, among other factors. A bachelor's degree is necessary.

Material Moving Machine Operators

This is one career choice where many veterans have solid experience that may make them stand out from the competition. Those who have been equipment operators may do well to pursue this field.

Material moving machine operators is a broad field. In terms of supply chains, veterans would generally be working with forklifts and lifting devices. However, it is worth noting that this category also applies to earth-moving equipment like backhoes. A degree is not necessary, but safety certifications may be. There are also apprenticeship programs in some industries.

Administrative Services Managers

For those who are gifted in leadership and can see the big picture, this may be an ideal career choice. Veterans with experience managing large and complex processes may have an advantage in this field.

Administrative services managers are the leaders who keep organizations on track. They are responsible for seeing that projects are done according to expectations and regulations. They oversee communications and delivery of mail and critical information. This is a position that is vital not simply to supply chain work, but to all business enterprises. A bachelor's degree is necessary.

Material Recording Clerks

Veterans with warehouse or stockroom experience may find this a worthwhile opportunity. Their experience and service are likely to serve them in good stead in a competitive job market.

Material recording clerks are responsible for handling and recording inventory. They maintain records of shipments received and sent, as well as delivery schedules and other issues. Professionals in this field may specifically deal with inspecting inventory, stocking and ordering merchandise, or contacting vendors regarding orders. This position is open to those with a high school diploma.

Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers

Veterans often have experience and ratings for trucks and heavy vehicles. This can help them get a foot in the door in the delivery industry.

Delivery drivers move goods across the country in trucks that are smaller than semis. Most often it is from a distribution center to residences and businesses. Sometimes there will be a sales component to the driving, as when drivers deliver food or beverages to retail stores. Drivers may be responsible for loading and unloading the cargo from their vehicle. This position requires a high school diploma.

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