Degrees and Careers for VeteransIf you will be one of the 250,000 service members transferring out of the military next year, now is the time to start planning for what’s next: a successful civilian career. You already possess traits that make you a highly desirable civilian employee: a sense of duty, adaptability, creative problem solving and leadership skills. But is that enough to land the position you want?

Unfortunately, many companies don’t understand veterans and how their time and tasks while serving measure up to job requirements, according to Military Times. Translating your military experience and training will be crucial to get your foot in the door of the civilian workforce, and pursuing your degree may be the best next step. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows postsecondary education leads to higher salaries and greater job opportunities. (Plus, you earned your military education benefits. Use them!)

Grantham University has been educating military active duty and veterans for more than 67 years. To help determine the field of most interest to you, we even offer free career coaching on degree and career options that leverage the skills you have now and can obtain through education.

Read on to learn about some of the top civilian careers for veterans and how Grantham can help you pursue them through high-quality online education and personal support.

Popular Career Fields for Veterans

Information technology is a popular field for veterans, as many of the required competencies have been met through their military training. These skills include technical capacity, time management and communication proficiency. But many IT positions also require certifications (such as Cisco or CompTIA) and an associate or bachelor’s degree. Jobs with the lowest employment rates and highest job availability in IT include positions in cybersecurity, software development, and network and computer systems — all of which typically require a bachelor’s degree.

Grantham offers a range of computer science programs, including degree options that allow you to pursue positions like those listed above. All of our courses blend textbook theory and practical application, helping you gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the field.

Another common career field for veterans is building trades. Workers in this field complete a diverse range of tasks, including electrical maintenance and repair. Similar to the IT field, building trades jobs often require an associate or bachelor’s degree.

If this type of position interests you, earn your electronics engineering bachelor’s degree at Grantham University. Our ABET-accredited program will help you develop skills in advanced circuit theory and design, digital and analog electronics, microprocessor fundamentals, and signal processing. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter the field as a technician.

Veterans who have experience in health care may want to consider careers in nursing or medical and health services management, both of which have low unemployment rates and high job availability. Those who wish to pursue either path can take advantage of Grantham’s online education. For those with an RN, Grantham offers an RN-BSN degree, as well as an RN-MSN bridge option. Learn more about our health care programs and outcomes.

Careers for Veterans by Military Rank

Though military job experience doesn’t always translate exactly to civilian jobs, your grade and rank can help determine the level of position you may qualify for. For instance, if you are an E1 to E3 veteran, your military grade and rank is comparable to entry-level civilian experience. This means you may qualify for jobs like a customer service representative, but will likely need additional training, experience and/or education to move up the corporate ladder.

E4 to E5 veterans’ grades and ranks are comparable to mid-level civilian experience, which typically translates to positions with more responsibilities, higher salaries and better benefits. Some mid-level positions may require a degree; others may only require prior on-the-job experience, which you may have gained in the service.

E6 and higher veterans may aim for mid- to senior-level positions, which include managerial roles. Many management occupations require at least a bachelor’s degree, and the higher you climb the corporate ladder, the more likely you are to need a degree. In fact, all top executive positions — the highest level of management at an organization — typically require a bachelor’s degree. Grantham University offers various bachelor’s and master’s degrees through our 100 percent online School of Business, ranging from business administration, to project management, to logistics and supply chain management.

Grantham Can Help You Make the Transition

A degree can be the first step to a rewarding civilian career, but veterans will also need standout resumes and cover letters, solid interview skills, and ongoing mentorship to be fully prepared for the transition. As we mentioned, many companies don’t understand the value of military experience in the civilian workforce. Additionally, there are other reasons veterans may struggle with their job search — most, if not all, of which could be avoided with the right guidance.

That’s where Grantham comes in. We understand not only your unique needs as a veteran student, but also the qualifications today’s employers look for in potential job candidates. Our dedicated Career Services team can help you translate your military experience into relevant civilian workforce skills, prepare for job interviews, and support you in your transition from military member, to student, to civilian employee. We also offer transitional guides to make your journey as smooth and successful as possible.

Grantham will be there every step of the way. Contact us today to take advantage of our free career coaching and discuss your degree and career path options.