There are many reasons why you might choose to join the army. It is a career choice where the benefits last you for many years after you’ve completed your service. Even if you only serve for the minimum of four years, the free education, the discounts, and the medical benefits alone make it well worth your while to consider the possibility that you can truly “be all that you can be.”
But probably the biggest benefit of being an army veteran are the numerous job opportunities that are available when you get out. Statistics show that the majority of those who choose an army career retire at the age of thirty-nine and officers stick it out for a little longer, retiring at forty-six. Unlike in other careers, retiring from the army while you’re still young, vibrant, and full of energy means that you don’t want to sit around the house and watch TV. You still have a lot of life left in you and you want to use it to the full.
With more than two million veterans on the job hunt, finding a job that is as rewarding as the army can be a challenge but there are many highly profitable opportunities out there if you know where to look. Below is a list of some possible after army careers that just may be the perfect solution for an ambitious veteran.
Jobs for a People Person
This is the perfect leadership job. The person who holds this position will be responsible for making sure that their organization runs smoothly and efficiently. They will coordinate between various departments to make sure that the product or service is completed on time and to the client’s satisfaction.
Depending on the company you work for entrance requirements could vary where some will require a demonstration of leadership ability while others may require a Bachelor’s Degree.
2.Customer Service Representative
If you’re a people person then a customer service job is ideal. They are the people that interact with the public, providing customers with information and assistance about the company’s products and services. They handle complaints and deal with whatever problems or issues arise.
Most positions only require a high school diploma to get in the door and most companies provide on the job training. The person best suited for this type of job is a good communicator and good computer skills. Once you get in the door, the job can easily lead to supervisory positions for those who are more motivated.
As a marketing manager you would be responsible for determining the public need for your company’s products and/or services. Managers identify and seek out potential customers and follow competitor’s trends and use their research to develop marketing plans that will help their company grow.Ideally, you will need a Bachelor’s Degree in either marketing, communications, or business.
Another job that is perfect for the people person is a registered nurse. As a nurse you will manage patient care, educating those who are ill, injured or disabled on how to take care of their health and you may be called upon to give advice or just to be a source of comfort and support during their recovery process.
In order to get licensed by the state where you will be practicing you will first need to earn a diploma or certificate from an approved nursing program or you’ll have to get at least an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in nursing.
Jobs for a Technology-Admirer
1.Computer Information Systems Manager
CIS Managers have oversight over their companies computer activities. This might include recommending the technology needed, making sure that any technical problems related to computer systems are taken care of, and training employees on how to use the technology properly.
Most companies require at least a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and a little bit of experience may also be required.
2.Aircraft Aviation Technician
Aircraft Technicians are responsible for keeping everything that flies up in the air. This means they have to take care of maintenance, diagnosing problems, and repairs of aircraft engines. This is a very important job as they are responsible for people’s lives.
While a degree is not required, technicians need a mechanic’s certification with the appropriate rating from the FAA for the type of aircraft they will be working on.
3.First-line Supervisor: Transportation, Material-Moving & Vehicle Operators
This job is perfect for those who like to be on the move. If you’re at all reluctant to be tied down to an office you’ll be moving around a lot here. Responsible for supervising the logistics involved with moving people and goods you can be working in any field from refuse to freighters.
All that is needed in this field is a high-school diploma or its equivalent and some work experience. Military veterans usually get first pick at a job like this.
4.Cyber Security Analyst
This job is like the cyber police force. Their role is to find ways to protect computer networks from infiltration. As businesses become more and more tech savvy, these jobs will only increase in demand. You could find yourself working anywhere from a government office to a private company.
While most companies will require a Bachelor’s Degree, many will forego that for your military background if you have experience in computer systems.
And if you can’t find the job you like, you can always use this opition...
Military training is the perfect platform for tomorrow’s business leaders. The discipline, skills, perspective, and goal driven state of mind they develop while serving in the armed forces bring amazing advantages to the business world and if they choose a business opportunity that they are passionate about they definitely have the drive to make it happen.
Salary: the sky is the limit
The skills learned as a military professional can be put to use in many ways after you leave.The fact is you have the very skills that many businesses need to develop in order to be successful. There are plenty of rewarding opportunities for veterans to take advantage of that can carry that spirit of the military forward so that everyone in the community can benefit. You just need to know where to look.