Transitioning out of the military is often laden with uncertainty for service members and their spouses. Because most people separate young, the question of “what comes next” can be difficult to answer. When looking for a second career, the potential for growth is something important to keep in mind. You want to find a job that has an abundance of opportunities, room for upward mobility, and salary stability.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these five jobs are expected to have high growth through 2024.
Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
Median annual salary: $98,185
Both jobs have higher than 30% growth rate between 2014 and 2024, which is significantly higher than most of the national average. Though these require advanced degrees, they are certainly worthwhile to consider if you have a medical background — military or otherwise.
The need for wind turbine technicians is anticipated to grow at least 108% between now and 2024. Wind turbine service technicians — also known as windtechs — install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. Because of the expected growth of renewable energy through wind turbines, this career field is going to continue to expand exponentially. It’s a trade job, so there is somewhat of an education requirement, but nothing too expensive and time consuming.
Businesses across America require the aid of accountants to ensure that their finances are above board. For those who enjoy working with numbers, this is a profession that shows continued promise in both the public and private sectors. You will need a bachelor’s degree, likely in accounting, but for that salary, the education seems pretty worthwhile.
According to an Occupational Therapy site, “The easiest way to describe the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy is that a physical therapist treats the patient’s actual impairment, while an occupational therapist treats that impairment in action.” And both jobs are set to experience incredible growth over the next decade — between 41 and 43%. There is some advanced schooling involved, but it’s a very rewarding field for those that enjoy helping others.
Do you like numbers? Thanks to the data revolution, the field of statistics is expected to grow by 34% through 2024. Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data. What’s more, if you’re looking for a government job — one in three statisticians work for the federal government or for scientific research and development companies, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A Coalition convoy stops to test fire their M2 machine guns and MK19 Grenade Launcher in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in the Deir ez-Zor province, Syria, Nov. 22, 2018 (U.S. Army/Sgt. Matthew Crane)
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with U.S. allies, locals said.
Video game company Blizzard Entertainment, which creates blockbuster franchises like World of Warcraft and Overwatch, has stood behind veteran employment for years. On top of hiring veterans, they support many related programs, including Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty Endowment. Blizzard's goal there is to help veterans find careers by supporting organizations that prepare veterans for the job market.
A combat patrol advanced three miles north of Lucca (furthermost point occupied by American troops) to contact an enemy machine gun nest in September 1944 as part of the Italian Campaign (DoD/National Archives and Records Administration)
World War II Army veteran Milton Miller says he has never forgotten an act of cowardice by his platoon leader.
It happened in the Alban Hills south of Rome following the Allied Forces' amphibious invasion on the Italian beaches of Anzio in January 1944.