There’s no magic formula for making a smooth transition from the military to a meaningful civilian career. Thousands of veterans struggle to find their dream career, and some never do. While there’s no silver bullet to slay the transition monster, there is a line of logic to apply. Put simply, a service member must determine what they’d love to do for the rest of their life, then determine what training, education and/or experience they need to make it happen. Oversimplified? Sure. But that simple logic can go a long way in mapping out your post-military career plan.
To help apply that logic, we publish Military Friendly’s® annual list of Hot Degrees for Veterans. The list is straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth: the 2019 Military Friendly® Employers (MFEs). The Military Friendly® team asks each MFE to list the degrees, credentials and certifications they most often require for candidates seeking the top jobs they recruit military and veterans for (see the Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans list in the April issue of G.I. Jobs at GIJobs.com/digimag, or find it online at GIJobs.com).
Deciding what school – and what kind of school – you want to attend is important. But what’s even more crucial is what program you pursue. Research by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) reinforces the importance of choosing the right program. “What students study is more important than where they study it. That’s why some workers with less education earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree,” said Anthony Carnevale, CEW founder and director. If your dream lies among the degrees, credentials and certifications found on the following pages, you’re in luck. They all represent a path to the hottest jobs the 226 Military Friendly® Employers are recruiting veterans for in 2019, and many of those careers come with attractive salaries and solid job growth projections. Computer-related education, for example, is well represented on the list, as well as business and human resources.
The Hot Degrees for Veterans list, which includes credentials and certifications for those whose career goals don’t require a four-year or advanced degree, is organized into four categories: bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, professional credentials and certificates. Each category includes 10 degrees, certificates or licenses with a description of the program from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Finding your passion is the first step. Determining what education or training you need to get there is the next critical step. Use the 2019 Hot Degrees for Veterans to help map your course.
Faulconer figured what he wanted to do, then determined what education he needed to get there. Coming up with a solid plan is critical to post-military success. This generation of service members has access to excellent education benefits, and using them to their advantage can mean the difference between a dead-end civilian job and a career they love.
Every year we publish the Hot Degrees for Veterans list to help with this process. The list includes credentials like certifications and licenses for those whose career goals don’t require a four-year or advanced degree, or whose career might be enhanced by other credentials. The list is organized into four categories: bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, professional credentials and certificates. Each category includes 10 degrees, certificates or licenses with a description of the program from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Finding your passion is the first step. Determining what education or training you need to get there is the next critical step. Use the 2018 Hot Degrees for Veterans to help chart your course.
How We Determine the Hot Degrees for Veterans
Each year the Military Friendly® team asks the Military Friendly® Employers to identify the top 10 jobs they are recruiting veterans for. That data is used to compile the annual Top
25 Hot Jobs for Veterans list (If you missed this year’s list, visit GIJobs.com or read the digital version of the April issue. Then they ask the Military Friendly® Employers to identify the top degrees and other credentials they look for when recruiting veterans for their top jobs. The results are used to compile the Hot Degrees for Veterans.
The Military Friendly® Employers ratings are determined through the evaluation of public and proprietary data gathered through the annual Military Friendly® survey process. Scoring is fully automated. For details, visit militaryfriendly.com/methodology.