5 In-Demand, Portable Careers for Military Spouses

As a military spouse, you manage a lot of responsibilities and uncertainties. Erratic schedules and PCS mean that your life can change at a moment’s notice. This can make pursuing higher education and a career difficult.

Because Grantham University was founded by a veteran — and has since helped countless military families earn their degrees — we understand your specific needs and challenges. Grantham’s more than 50 online programs were designed to be completed anywhere, anytime, and encompass fields that offer not only high-growth potential, but also flexibility.

We know you want more than a job that’s “fine” for where you are right now. You want a position in which you can flourish and one you can take with you, if your family gets relocated. Below are five in-demand, transferable careers you can pursue with a degree from Grantham.

Continued Growth in Health Care

It may come as no surprise that health care continues to be one of the fastest-growing career fields. From 2016 to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates 18 percent growth in health care occupations — much faster than the average for all occupations. But did you know there are some health care roles in which you can work from home?

One option to consider is a telecommute (i.e., remote) position in administrative health care, such as medical billing and coding or health systems management. If you’d prefer to work on-site, the health care field is still an ideal option for military spouses, as every community needs quality health care professionals.

The median annual wage for health care practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses) was $64,770 in May 2017, compared to $37,690 for all occupations, according to BLS. For health care support occupations (home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, medical transcriptionists), the figure was lower than average, however, at $28,710.

Grantham offers a variety of online nursing and allied health programs ideal for students looking to begin — or advance — their health care careers.

Whether it’s a certificate program for aspiring medical administrative assistants, something more intensive such as the university’s RN to MSN Bridge program, or a degree somewhere between the two, Grantham has multiple options for committed adult learners.

Every Industry Needs Computer Support

If you enjoy technical problem solving, the fast-growing computer and IT field may be right for you. Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, adding about 88,500 new jobs.

Typical responsibilities may include providing technical assistance directly to computer users or supporting computer networks for organizations of all types. Every industry needs computer support. Faster computer networks are making it possible for some support specialists, particularly help-desk technicians, to work remotely (though you may occasionally need to travel to a client’s location to solve a problem).

Most computer support specialists work full-time, but many don’t work a 9-5 schedule. Because computer support is needed around the clock, many companies hire for day, night and weekend shifts, further increasing your flexibility in the field. The pay is also appealing. In May 2017, the median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $62,340, and $50,210 for computer user support specialists, BLS reports.

Grantham University has degree and certificate programs in computer science, information systems, cyber security, programming and related disciplines, within our College of Engineering and Computer Science. There are many possible program paths to take, leading to even more potential technology careers you can pursue after completing your studies.

Explore the Diverse World of Business

Business is a field with many opportunities. Depending on your interests, you can put a business degree to use in any number of careers — from accounting to human resources — anywhere in the country. Sometimes, there are positions (such as in sales) that allow you to work from home … just be sure to research them to verify they are legit, since there are also many sales/marketing scams out there.

Employment of business and financial operations occupations is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, with a median annual wage of $67,710. And a business school degree or certificate from Grantham could be just what you need to pursue your corporate dream job in project management, financial planning or several other areas.

Plus, most of the university’s business programs are IACBE-accredited, and/or validated by groups such as the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Project Management Institute.

Tech-savvy Technicians Wanted

Electronics engineering technology is a field that combines mathematics, science, engineering and technology. If you enjoy the challenge of taking things apart and putting them back together, then this degree path may be right for you.

For passionate and skilled workers with the ability to apply their knowledge in practical, hands-on ways, the reward can be great. BLS reports that in May 2017, the median annual wage for electrical and electronic engineering technicians was $63,660.

To be successful, you must possess many skills — not just technical and mathematical (though they’re very important). Check out the full list of degree program and professional outcomes for electronics engineering technology at Grantham.

Grantham’s ABET-accredited bachelor’s program combines core coursework with general education courses for well-rounded learning. You may also customize your education with electives in power systems, control systems and communications, depending on your career goals and interests.

Keeping People and Properties Safe

A criminal justice degree could help launch a number of careers, from law enforcement to homeland security to forensic science. Depending on your focus and education level, your salary may vary. For example, the median annual wage for forensic science technicians was $57,850 in May 2017 and $62,960 for police and detectives. Those who enter occupations in border security and intelligence, terrorism prevention and analysis, or emergency and disaster planning, however, could see much higher average wages.

Most criminal justice professionals work regular business hours on site, though certain security and investigative positions can be done remotely. Still, the criminal justice field is a great option for military spouses, as communities everywhere rely on law enforcement professionals to keep people and properties safe.

Grantham’s criminal justice offerings include associate and bachelor’s degrees, and even specialized concentrations in computer forensic investigation or homeland security.

Additional Support from Grantham

Whichever path you choose, you can count on Grantham University for the knowledge, skills and resources you need to be successful. We’re here to assist you in all aspects of your education, from academic guidance to financial support.

We’ve made it our mission to offer affordable education, with a lower tuition rate than 95 percent of other private/for-profit institutions. Military spouses can save even more through Grantham’s Military Family Scholarship, Textbook and Software Grant and use of the MyCAA program. Now is the time to take control and find a career that will allow you to flourish while supporting your family.

We’re here for your success. And if you have questions, we have answers. Fill out the form on this page, or chat live with our admissions team, to learn more.

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