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

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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.

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Wind Turbine Service Technicians


Median annual salary: $51,050

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.

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Personal Financiers


Median annual salary: $81,060

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.

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Occupational and Physical Therapists

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Median annual salary: $56,520

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.

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Median annual salary: $80,110

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.

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