Wednesday, January 20, 2016

5 Hot Jobs for Transitioning Veterans

Have you thought about your career after transitioning out of the military? Transitioning into a civilian career can be a little intimidating, but Orion is here to help! According to G.I. Jobs Magazine data, here is a list of some of the hottest jobs for transitioning military based on projected occupation growth. 

This list includes a brief job description, the average pay that civilians earn, and any education or training that is required. If you are getting out of the military soon and looking for a job, keep these top jobs in mind to help make your transition less stressful and more successful. 

1. Operations Manager: Salary Range = $35,367 – $100,990
Job Description: Operations Managers run the operations for a company or organization. They work in nearly every industry, looking for ways to make operations more productive. For example, in manufacturing, Operations Managers ensure that production runs smoothly and efficiently. 
Why It’s Hot: Growth of 12.4 percent is projected through 2022. That translates to 244,100 jobs!
What You’ll Need: Those with at least a bachelor’s degree will have the most success, although experience may trump the need for a degree. Certifications are also available in the industry.

2. Sales Representatives: Salary Range = $30,025 – $86,002 
Job Description: Sales Representatives sell the products or services that their company offers. Successful sales people are some of the highest-paid professionals in the world. 
Why It’s Hot: Without sales, a company does not exist.  As long as companies have goods or services to sell, there will be a need for sales professionals. And those who excel can become sales managers who lead their teams. The BLS projects 132,000 jobs will be added in this field by 2022.
What You’ll Need: High school diploma; most companies will train you.

3. Mechanic: Salary Range = $27,961 – $61,941
Job Description: Simply put, Mechanics fix anything with an engine: cars, trucks, boats, trains, airplanes, buses, heavy equipment, even lawn mowers and rototillers. Sometimes they’re called technicians, but regardless of title they’ll likely use computer technology to troubleshoot, repair and maintain machines.
Why It’s Hot: Machines take us everywhere, and they eventually break down or need repairs. The BLS predicts 9 percent job growth for auto mechanics, and 15 percent growth for diesel mechanics.
What You’ll Need: If this wasn’t your job in the military, you’ll need post-secondary training from a vocational school or other institution. To be an aircraft mechanic, you’ll also need FAA certification.

4. Manufacturing Technician: Salary Range = $32,087 – $73,991  
Job Description: Today’s technicians operate production equipment and often use computer technology to make products from cars to pharmaceuticals. They also may fix the high-tech equipment or assemble necessary components.
Why It’s Hot: Although growth was projected at 2 percent between 2012 and 2022, more than 228,000 manufacturing jobs have been created over the last 12 months.
What You’ll Need: Some employers require an associates degree or relevant technical degree, while others will accept military experience in lieu of a degree. A growing number of companies will train veterans for the job, recognizing they already have the intangible skills to succeed in this environment.

5. Construction Worker: Salary Range: $20,109 – $56,439
Job Description: Construction Workers help the skilled tradesmen on a construction site in a variety of ways, such as by loading and unloading materials, setting up concrete forms and ramps, and mixing and pouring materials like concrete. Construction Workers learn a valuable trade, and with an aging workforce advancement opportunities will be excellent.
Why It’s Hot: Construction has been adding an average of 28,000 workers every month over the last 12 months. The BLS predicts employment will increase 21.3 percent by 2022.
What You’ll Need: Unions like recruiting young veterans because they’re in great shape, possess good math skills and know how to work safely on a team. You can learn on the job, or use your GI Bill to learn a trade; some employers even train service members on base while still on active duty. 

The jobs above hardly scratch the surface of all the career possibilities out there. Your transition doesn’t have to be a time of uncertainty or confusion. Connect with an Orion recruiter in your area that can help you in your career transition!

You can also check out current opportunities with Orion or contact us for more information! 

Happy job hunting! 

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