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7 Promising Job Opportunities For Veterans In The Healthcare Industry
Health care is an expanding field. Due to the recent increase in access to care for Americans, as well as an aging baby boomer population, employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19% in the next eight years, adding about 2.3 million new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is much faster than the average for all occupations. And patient care is just one aspect of the healthcare industry. Veterans of all ranks who possess sales, administrative, public relations, or healthcare support training and experience will find their skills transferrable to stable, high-paying jobs in most of the country.
If you are a transitioning veteran, spouse, or family member looking for your next great healthcare position, here are seven great job opportunities to consider.
MetLife, one of the country’s largest insurance providers, is seeking a operations quality analyst to join its Charlotte, North Carolina, team. If you are a former service member who knows your way around a spreadsheet and can analyze data to identify trends to facilitate process improvement, then you are well-suited for this role. MetLife was founded for veterans after the Civil War and continues to serve the military community through veterans initiatives and programs, like its Military Veteran’s Network. Military alumni who served in occupational specialties such as data analysis specialist, operations support specialist, or financial support specialist will find their skills transferrable here.
Beckman Coulter, a leading developer and manufacturer of products that simplify and automate biomedical testing, is looking for a customer support specialist in Brea, California. With a robust veteran recruiting program, Beckman Coulter values the leadership, organizational, and technical skills typical of veteran candidates. Former military men and women who served in customer-facing or administrative roles such as patient administrative specialist or administrative specialist would be well-equipped to fill this position. Candidates should have exceptional medical technology skills, be familiar with troubleshooting techniques, and be able to analyze customer needs to find the best solutions.
Veterans who spent their time in the military analyzing financial data, contracts and operational effectiveness would feel right at home in this role with Takeda, a 230-year-old pharmaceutical company that provides innovative medication to patients of all kinds. Their STRIVE Employee Resource Group (Supporting Troops and Inspiring Veteran Engagement) promotes veteran involvement and support, making Takeda one of the most military-friendly companies to work for. Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree, advanced computer skills, and be familiar with financial and business analysis. A keen eye for detail is also required to fill this position.
Transitioning senior enlisted personnel or officers who have facilities operation, and pharmaceutical management and manufacturing knowledge should consider this senior-level position with global healthcare solutions leader, Amerisource Bergen. Known for its dedication to the military community, Amerisource Bergen fosters an inclusive culture and employs a high percentage of veterans and their family members. The person who fills this position will need to have excellent communication skills, be a stickler for safety, and have an understanding of recordkeeping and scheduling. A bachelor’s degree and at least one year of leadership experience is also required.
Independent biotechnology pioneer Amgen is looking for military nurses, nurse practitioners, or physician’s assistants with oncology experience who would like to transition into a lucrative education and support role within the company. Amgen has a history of hiring veterans and provides a positive work environment that emphasizes the same values that veterans are accustomed to: integrity, innovation, and passion for service. This position supports sales and delivers exciting education programs and assistance to clinical partners, doctors, nurses, and hospitals. An outgoing personality, excellent presentation skills, and the ability to collaborate across work groups is needed for this job. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in positions such as clinical nurse specialist, BMT coordinator, or healthcare administrator.
This job with Alcon, a global leader in eye care, is perfect for former soldier, sailors, airmen, and Marines who possess exceptional people skills and the ability to build rapport with customers. If you served in a military occupational specialty such as recruiting, protocol, or public relations, and know that you can really sell, this is the job for you! The role requires someone who can learn about product sets quickly and communicate need to both doctors and patients. Ideal candidates will have experience utilizing technology and data to drive sales activities. Alcon is a division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a company that was named one of the top 25 Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs by Victoria Media in 2015.
Veterans who served as environmental safety officers, public health specialists, or technicians should explore this role with Bristol-Myers Squibb, a diversified BioPharma company that is committed to hiring former service members. The process safety engineer is responsible for managing the entire safety process within the Chemical Development Organization and will need to have the ability to lead team and possess highly-developed interpersonal, influencing, and strategic thinking skills.
This article originally appeared on Military.com.
Inside Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul, Afghanistan stands a wall painted with a mural of an airman kneeling before a battlefield cross. Beneath it, a black gravestone bookended with flowers and dangling dog tags displays the names of eight U.S. airmen and an American contractor killed in a horrific insider attack at Kabul International Airport in 2011.
It's one of a number of such memorials ranging from plaques, murals and concrete T-walls scattered across Afghanistan. For the last eight years, those tributes have been proof to the families of the fallen that their loved ones have not been forgotten. But with a final U.S. pullout from Afghanistan possibly imminent, those families fear the combat-zone memorials may be lost for good.
After a string of high profile incidents, the commander overseeing the Navy SEALs released an all hands memo stating that the elite Naval Special Warfare community has a discipline problem, and pinned the blame on those who place loyalty to their teammates over the Navy and the nation they serve.
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.