The civilian job market can seem daunting to veterans who are just coming out of the service. What kind of jobs do you want? What kind of jobs are you qualified for? What jobs are even available? Beaumont Enterprise recently covered a list of twenty jobs that are expected to grow in demand in the near-future according to a recent employer survey. We’ve taken what we think are ten hot veteran jobs predicted to be in-demand and written short briefs about each one below. The list covers a broad spectrum of skills — there’s something for just about any type of job experience. The next time you settle in for a job search session, remember to check out these types of positions:
1. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician – If you’ever wanted to have a hand in developing the sensitive electronics that help run the modern, this is the perfect job to do so. Electrical and electronic engineering technicians assist engineers in designing and developing computers, communications equipment, and just about anything requiring wiring or silicon. These professionals draft designs, put together prototypes, and test the functionality of new devices.
Average Income: $56,040
2. Electrical and Electronic Engineer – For those who want a more direct hand in the design process of modern electronics, electrical and electronic engineers oversee the process from start to finish. These engineers specialize in motors, radar equipment, communications infrastructure, and sometimes computer hardware. They can work for the government or private firms researching new hardware and working on long-term projects. Aside from knowledge of electronics, they must also use specialized software to create new designs.
Average Income: $87,180
3. Automotive Service Technician and Mechanic – Anyone who loves working with cars and fixing problems should consider becoming a mechanic. Identifying issues, creating solutions, and ultimately fixing a car can be very satisfying. This job requires extensive knowledge about the workings of automobiles and a knack for working with machinery.
Average Income: $35,790
4. Logistician: Anyone who’s spent time in the service knows how important it is for supplies and assets to move efficiently. Logistician’s take an in-depth look at a company’s internal and external shipping methods including their supply chain and how products are moved. This job requires individuals who can understand logistics in a broad capacity, work well with management and business partners, and keep a company’s methods up to date.
Average Income: $70,800
5. Operations Manager – An executive level position, operations managers handle the daily operation of manufacturing plants, power plants, and other industrial facilities. This job requires knowledge of these types of plants, but more importantly necessitates an individual who can effectively direct others and handle numerous variables. Operations managers don’t just administrate, they must balance budgets and ensure that facilities are maximally productive.
Average Income: $87,550
6. Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officer – Anyone who’s been in the military can at least do two things: pay attention and wait. Security guards are charged with ensuring the security of just about anything from malls to abandoned buildings to large corporate offices. The job is different depending on the location, but ultimately it will always require alertness and authority.
Average Income: $24,380
7. Power Plant Operator – If you’ve ever wanted to have vast amounts of power at your fingertips, becoming a power plant operator is the most effective way to go about it. Power plant operators maintain all the systems of a power plant to make sure that electricity doesn’t stop flowing. The job requires extensive training and recurrent evaluations and retraining as necessary. Working with different types of plants requires different certifications, and advancement requires even more training.
Average Income: $65,360
8. Human Resources Manager – Human resources managers are responsible for coordinating a company’s most valuable asset: its employees. The human resources department serves as a link between employees and managers as well as a hub for handling any issues that may arise within the companies workforce. Human resources managers need to have exceptional interpersonal skills as their job requires frequent interaction with others.
Average Income: $99,180
9. Information Security Analyst - Information is supremely valuable to any company, and protecting it is of the utmost importance. Information security analysts take a hard look at how data is handled within a company, and derive new ways of keeping that data secure. The job requires the ability to adapt to new technologies, attention to detail, and a talent for finding and closing gaps in security.
Average Income: $77,990
10. Construction Laborers and Helpers – Becoming a construction worker is a great option for anyone who likes to move a lot, lift heavy things, and take part in shaping infrastructure. While most construction jobs do not require formal training, there are a number of licenses that workers can acquire, such as working with asbestos or lead, that will broaden their opportunities.
Average Income: $28,410