7 Promising Job Opportunities For Veterans In The Healthcare Industry

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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.

Associate operations quality analyst in Charlotte, North Carolina

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.

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Advanced specialist, customer technical support in Brea, California

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.

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Rebate analyst in Deerfield, Illinois

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.

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Operations manager in Columbus, Ohio

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.

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Oncology clinical specialist in Las Vegas, Nevada

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.

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Glaucoma sales consultant in Boston, Massachusetts

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.

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Process safety engineer in New Brunswick, New Jersey

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.

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