Career Options for Retired Military Veterans

Written by on 08/10/2019

Career Options for Retired Military Veterans

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve retired from service and are looking for the next step to take. Adjusting to post-military life isn’t easy, especially since you’re adjusting to life without a strict routine. Fortunately, you’ve got many options.

Our Heroes Media Group article on learning through the internet highlights that many veterans are using online learning tools to pick up a new skill or two. This opens up your opportunities for work and further education even more. However, even without online learning, being part of the military teaches you lots of both hard and soft skills that can be applied in a host of careers. You can use this to your advantage and set yourself apart from other applicants.

Let’s explore some of these jobs you can take as a retired military veteran.

Emergency trauma nurse

This career is perfect for those who have grown accustomed to the fast-paced nature of military life. While all nurses deal with highly stressful situations, Chron emphasizes that this is especially true for emergency trauma nurses. After all, these nurses deal with patients in critical conditions where even the smallest step could make the difference between life and death. The regulations for becoming a registered nurse vary by state, but in general all nurses have to pass a national licensing exam and have completed a degree in nursing. And, like we mentioned, you can actually get online degrees for this too.

Airline pilots

Military veterans are familiarized with a lot of sophisticated transportation and machinery, which isn’t something your everyday citizen can brag about. This is why many veterans end up becoming pilots, as they can quickly apply the skills they’ve picked up. Both private and commercial flying are great options. One of the biggest perks of this job is that you get to travel lots, making it a great fit for those who have gotten used to hopping from one country to another during their service.

Software developer

Software development is actually one of the most viable careers for military veterans. Maryville University notes that career options range from software developers to web and UX designers, granting lots of options for those interested in the field. We tend to associate software developers with lots of math and computing knowledge, but a great developer has to think critically and be a self-starter. These are traits that are honed in the military, so veterans can focus more on developing the necessary book-smarts for the role.

Criminal investigators

The criminal justice and law enforcement sector is a natural fit for military veterans. Operating in this sector allows veterans to continually serve their communities. The international experience gained by military veterans makes them perfect criminal investigators, as they’re used to surveying a host of different people. Teamwork skills developed in the military are also a huge asset for this role. After all, criminal investigators are required to cooperate not just with their fellow investigators, but also with suspects, witnesses, and other law enforcement agencies.

Personal trainers

It goes without saying that veterans have the necessary physical expertise to push clients to their limits. Their understanding of physiology also allows them to easily pick up on new exercise trends. In order to get the best results from clients, a personal trainer has to be service-oriented and willing to teach others as well. Vice reports that schools such as FitOps Foundation tap into these character traits in order to make personal trainers out of military veterans. An effective personal trainer does more than lift weights – they are able to inspire their clients to reach new heights and break new ground.

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