One of the most challenging parts of transitioning out of the military is choosing your next career field. The first thing to remember is that you’re not defined by your MOS. In fact, your MOS might not even land you in a sustainable job market if you keep your search that narrow. Therefore, it’s important to check out the industry fields that are growing in the coming years and will help you support yourself and your family.
According to a report by Forbes, there will be over one million cybersecurity job openings in 2016. Cybersecurity is a thriving market that is continuing to expand — it’s expected to grow from its current $75 billion a year to $170 billion by 2020. These jobs are highly lucrative, steady, and have excellent upward mobility potential. There are currently 209,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the United States alone, and demand is rising. Check out these seven Hirepurpose partners that are actively hiring veterans to fill these essential and rewarding roles.
Technology is ubiquitous — it pervades every aspect of our lives. It’s no wonder that job growth in the tech industry has outpaced private sector job growth by a rate of three to one since 2004. In a 2012 study by the Bay Area Economic Institute, tech jobs earn between 17% to 27% more other fields, have a low unemployment rate, and offer a demand that will steadily increase through at least the year 2020.
On May 5, the Joining Forces initiative — a nationwide effort calling on all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families — announced that 40 companies have pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years.
Technology is integrated into every part of our daily lives, from health care to business to entertainment. Advances in technology — like the rise of cloud computing, mobile applications, wearables and big data — have created a high demand for skilled technicians and leaders to fill a variety of IT positions across many sectors. High demand leads to great salaries and benefits. According to the National Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all other occupations.