“My father gave us two things we were never allowed to do,” Brent Crouch says. “The first was ride a motorcycle and the second was join the Army. So I dropped out of college and enlisted in the navy so I could see the world and serve my country.” This very first transition set him up for several smooth career transitions later on.
The civilian job market is always changing, but one thing will remain constant: businesses will always need savvy employees to manage their finances. If you’re looking for an industry that offers endless opportunities and room for growth, then consider breaking into the financial job market.
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.
Forbes counts jobs in sales as some of the most populous professions in the country, citing a 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics study showing that securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents earn the most, with average salaries of $102,510 annually. The sales field is expected to steadily increase in the coming years, with growth rates that could reach 11% by the year 2022.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Mayfield
Transitioning veterans who are looking to get in on the ground floor at military-friendly companies can explore entry-level opportunities with a number of Hirepurpose partners. These great organizations are known for empowering their employees and providing professional advancement to get former service members started in new fields or expand on the skills they learned in the military.