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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.