5 Jobs For Veterans In The Most Promising Industries Of 2015

career
Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith

After the military, you may be wondering if you should transfer your existing skills into a comparable civilian job or use your education benefits to train in a completely different industry. A huge factor that plays into this decision is, of course, the stability and growth of the industry you’re in.


This week, we highlight positions with Hirepurpose partners in five of the most promising career fields, according to a recent article by Fortune magazine. Based on revenue, employment, and salary data obtained from research firm, IbisWorld, this list of the most promising industries of 2015 includes management, engineering services, software development, electrical engineering, and finance.

1. Senior electrical engineer in Chaska, Minnesota

With a growth rate of 19% and an average annual salary rate of $87,246, engineering services is one of the fastest growing industries in America today. Veterans who served in military specialties such as electronics engineer officer or developmental engineer officer should definitely take a look at this electrical engineering position with Beckman Coulter, a military-friendly company that manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate, and innovate biomedical testing. Transitioning service members who are highly detailed, analytical, curious, and have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering are the perfect fit for this role.

See all jobs with Beckman Coulter >>

2. Cyber security consultant in multiple locations

The field of management consulting will see an estimated 18% growth rate in the next five years, representing a wealth of opportunity for separating or retiring service members who possess both managerial and technical experience. This cybersecurity advisor position with Ernst & Young is a great match for military alumni, such as cyber warfare engineers who have been trained and operated in areas of information technology management as well as application security integrity, governance, risk and control. Ernst & Young is known for its extensive veterans recruitment program and commitment to helping former military members make a smooth transition. Becoming a management consultant with Ernst & Young can provide the chance for vets to advance their careers and receive ongoing training as part of a highly collaborative network of skilled consultants.

See all jobs with Ernst & Young >>

3. Senior financial reporting accountant in Indianapolis, Indiana

For those veterans with a knack for spreadsheets, budgeting, and crunching the numbers, the field of accounting is holding strong. The sector boasts a projected growth rate of 17% and an average salary close to $70,000 per year. This senior accountant position with Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm, requires at least five years of accounting experience, a bachelor’s degree in accounting or related discipline and above-average communication skills. The company has a track-record of hiring veterans and has a thriving veterans transition program. Former service members who spent their careers as financial management officers or financial technicians should definitely check this job out.

See all jobs with Guggenheim Partners >>

4. Instrumentation and controls engineer in Santa Clara, California

Semiconductors and circuit technology powers much of the innovation we see across multiple sectors. The industry will see a growth rate of 16% between now and the year 2020. Intel, one of the largest players in the semiconductor and circuit space, is currently seeking an instrumentation and controls engineer in Santa Clara, California. The company has a history of fostering roles for those who have served, utilizing a full-circle veterans recruitment strategy, and employing over 4,300 veterans in their state-of-the art facilities around the world. The ideal candidate for this job will have four years of experience, a bachelor’s degree, and a working knowledge of automated industrial facilities systems, instrumentation, and pneumatic controls. A highly analytical nature and the ability to develop creative solutions to complex issues are also desired.

See all jobs with Intel >>

5. Systems administrator in Reno, Nevada

It comes as no surprise that software developers and network administrators are in high demand. With a projected growth rate of 15.9%, veterans with computer science expertise will have a lot of choices in the IT field over the next five years. TEKSystems, one of the nation’s largest providers of IT staffing, talent management expertise and IT services, has an opening for a systems administrator in Reno. TEKSystems places great value on the skills and experience that former military men and women have to offer. Former service members of all ranks who have an extensive understanding of local and wide area networks, network segments, and intranet systems will feel right at home in this role. Developed troubleshooting and customer service skills are desired.

See all jobs with TEKSystems >>

(Air Force photo / Tech Sgt. Oneika Banks)

Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.

Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.

"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.

Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."

Read More
(National Archives / Marine Corps Photo / WO Obie Newcomb, Jr., November 1943)

The DNA of a niece and nephew, who never met their uncle, has helped identify the remains of the Kansas Marine who died in WWII.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.

The Battle of Tarawa lasted from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 1943, and claimed the lives of 1,021 U.S. marines and sailors, more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and an estimated 1,000 Korean laborers before the U.S. troops seized control, the agency said.

Read More
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Daniel Snider)

Arizona lawmakers are vowing to fight a plan by the Air Force to start retiring some of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets — a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — as part of a plan to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.

During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.

Read More

MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data.

Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.

State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.

North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.

Read More
Screenshot of a propaganda video featuring former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A high-profile local Taliban figure who announced and justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has escaped detention, Pakistan's interior minister confirmed a few days after the militant announced his breakout on social media.

Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.

The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."

Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.

Read More