Part: 3 Resources 67 to 75 (of 101)
Part 1: Use Your Military Benefits to Pay for School
Part 2: Scholarships, Federal Student Aid, Navigating the “New GI Bill®, and VA Quick Links
Part 3: Making Career and Education Decisions
Part 4: Making the Transition from Military Service to School
Military-Related Growth Industries
While military personnel are among the most skilled workers in the world and likely to succeed in any field they choose, this list may be a good place to start for those who are just beginning to consider their career path. The following industries are expected to see tremendous growth in the coming years and may be well-suited for those with military experience. If you are planning to use your military benefits for college, you may want to check out these industries.
66. Health Sciences
As the Baby Boomer generation reaches senior citizenship, the demand for any type of healthcare provider that serves the elderly will be on the rise. Another reason for the rapid growth of this industry is the Affordable Care Act.
Many skills acquired in the military would transfer successfully to the healthcare industry. Specialized knowledge as well as the ability to withstand long shifts and perform under pressure makes veterans and service members excellent candidates for jobs in the medical field.
Currently, the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration is even offering additional education credits to those who learned medical skills in the military and are interested in becoming physician’s assistants or nurses. To learn more, visit: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/veterans/
67. Solar Energy
Solar energy is one of the fastest-growing industries in America. As of 2014, veterans made up 9.2% of the solar energy workforce. The following article explains why so many ex-military personnel find working in the solar industry to be so appealing: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/04/08/through-solar-jobs-veterans-find-continuation
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is growing at a rapid rate and expected to add about 1.5 million jobs by 2022. Last year, 100 American construction companies announced their pledge to hire veterans for these jobs whenever possible.
“Veterans are invaluable to the construction industry. Men and women who serve in the military often have the traits that are so critical to our success: agility, discipline, integrity, and the drive to get the job done right,” explained Larry Melton, project executive for Bechtel, a national construction firm, and Marine Corps veteran.
To learn more, check out: http://veteranresources.taonline.com/current-events/construction-industry-makes-veteran-hiring-pledge and http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/vets/VETS20140202.htm
69. Government Agencies
Veterans’ proven leadership skills and commitment to service makes them great candidates for jobs performing public service in government agencies. In fact, in 2009 President Obama even issued this executive order to promote the hiring of veterans for positions within the Federal Government: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-veterans-employment-initiative
70. Criminal Justice
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects exceptional job growth in criminal justice fields like police officers, detectives, investigators, paralegals, and legal assistants. These types of jobs may appeal to veterans who are accustomed to carrying out bold plans to uphold justice. To learn more about the job outlook in this industry, visit: http://www.criminaljusticedegreesguide.com/faq/outlook-for-criminal-justice-careers-and-salaries
The growing need for teachers and the facts that veterans offer outstanding skill sets, perform well under pressure, and make great role models are all reasons veterans might consider pursuing a position teaching America’s future generations. “Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.” To learn more, visit: http://troopstoteachers.net/
72. Homeland Security
The job of a homeland security professional is almost always based on one chief goal: protecting people. Who could be more qualified than a veteran? Whether the job calls for emergency response, infrastructure protection, border security, analyzing information, or homeland defense, candidates with a military background are likely to have the skills needed in this fast-growing industry. Learn more here: http://govcentral.monster.com/benefits/articles/2055
Within the field of homeland security, cybersecurity is the area many consider to be most likely to experience rapid growth. By pursuing a career in cybersecurity, technical-minded veterans will have many opportunities to continue their life of service as they protect the nation’s infrastructure and information. Learn more about this growing field here: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/cybersecurity-set-to-be-fastest-growing-homeland-security-market-report-says/0a91533b2616afc011a92664deb9183d.html
74. Human Resources
What kind of skills does a Human Resources (HR) professional need? Great communication, initiative, leadership, recruitment and training experience, and the ability to analyze data and properly allocate resources are just a few skills that may help an HR pro succeed. Fortunately, veterans who wish to pursue an HR career, these are skills that are often developed through service in the military. To learn more about the excellent job growth outlook in the human resources field, visit: http://www.recruitingdivision.com/industries/human-resources/
The telecommunications industry has experienced dramatic growth in recent years and that expansion is not expected to halt anytime soon. Candidates for telecommunications technician jobs are usually required to have a certain amount of post-secondary education. However, your military background may satisfy some of the necessary credentials.