Top 5 Jobs for Former Military Service Members
In Thursday's blog, we discussed three ways that military veterans could benefit from effectively explaining their skills to potential employers.
The unemployment rate of U.S. military members coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan sits at a whopping 14.3 percent.
When military members return home and look for a career in the civilian life, what field should they target? If you're one of these people and don't know where to begin, start by taking a career test. Once you have a more specific field in mind, you can more efficiently narrow your career search.
In the meantime, military.com posted the top 5 most popular jobs for ex-military personnel. Consider the following industries when deciding on a career. There's a good chance that skills acquired from the military will effectively translate to some of these areas:
1. Information Technology Specialist
Former members of the military have likely worked with some of the most advanced technology in the world, and don't have problems processing numerous bits of complex information at the same time. IT is a secure and financially-rewarding industry that will require talented individuals in the field for years to come.
2. Police Officer
Police officers, like military members, must possess qualities of loyalty and discipline while serving their community. Many of the physical tools military personnel acquired in training would also translate effectively into areas of law enforcement.
3. Math/Science Teacher
Possessing strengths in technology doesn't necessarily mean military members are limited to opportunities in IT. They can use these skills in education as well. Former service members would instill confidence in their students, while maintaining the proper order that's required of a classroom setting.
Did becoming involved in the military make you a more organized person? Think about starting your own business. There's a significant amount of discipline, organization and time management that goes into starting from scratch, but military members looking to start their own business are likely resilient and up to the challenge. The military.com article mentioned that one in four U.S. veterans buys or launches a new business or is seriously considering it.
5. Civilian Public Service
Numerous military members elect to continue their public service when they return home. Thinking about a federal job? Former military members would likely receive preference over civilian members in this scenario.