Top 10 Jobs for Military Spouses
(NEXSTAR) – Military spouses seeking employment often encounter barriers that other job seekers do not, such as a potential employer who is concerned about the length of their stay in the area.
The Navy Federal Credit Union has found that the unemployment rate for military spouses is nearly three times the national average at 13%, with 43% underemployed.
After interviewing 2,000 military spouses who are part of the credit union, as well as other members of the general population, the bank and Hire Heroes USA compiled a list of the top 10 industries for military spouses.
“As a military wife myself, I know that military wives face unique employment challenges that make it very difficult to obtain a sustainable and long-term career,” said Matt Vean. , head of commercial banking services at the Navy Federal Credit Union.
Vean told Nexstar that despite “the huge impact of the pandemic on jobs at all levels,” a silver lining has been the creation of so many jobs from home.
He suggests the following to anyone looking to make their career path easier:
First, it is essential to embody social media. LinkedIn and other social media platforms are great tools to help you build your network virtually. Make your profile stand out and don’t be afraid to reach out to other people.
I would also suggest looking at transferable skills. For me personally, getting an MBA and working in banking are two key factors that keep my skills highly transferable from city to city. Our hope with this resource is that through the careers presented in the Best careers list, military spouses will also be able to find a career path that can follow them throughout any change of location or situation.
What Makes These 10 Industries Good For Military Spouses? Important benefits that emerged from the interviews included flexible hours, competitive compensation, a clear advancement path, a cohesive workplace, and a team-oriented work environment.
The study identified the following industries as the best career paths:
- Government and public administration
- Stability is a remarkable quality, with 46% saying they will continue to work until they retire.
- The most popular jobs include analyst, lawyer, manager, and support worker.
2. Sales support & human resources
- Workers in this field reported flexibility with childcare options and the ability to relocate as perks. The popularity of this career path among military spouses is relatively new, with two-thirds of those surveyed saying they had been in their post for two years or less.
- Jobs include administrative assistant, analyst, support worker or recruiter.
3. Health care and social assistance
- Common benefits among those surveyed were a meaningful career, stability and pay
- Jobs include a nurse, therapist, health care provider, dental hygienist, pharmacy technician, and medical assistance staff.
4. Educational services
- The study cited “mission-oriented environments”, work-life balance and stable careers as attractive aspects of the field.
- Jobs include teacher, education advisor, support worker, manager or supervisor in education administration.
5. Computer science
- These jobs come with stability, location flexibility and stability, according to the study.
- Positions include a software or web developer, manager or supervisor, computer programmer, network analyst, database administrator, or information security personnel.
6. Financial services
- Interviewees said careers in financial services offer stability, good pay, and a clear path to advancement.
- Jobs include an accountant, bank teller, service representative, project manager, claims adjuster or credit analyst.
7. Defense contracts
- Defense contract jobs can suit military spouses with flexible hours and meaningful work, the credit union found.
- Positions include architect, analyst, project manager or engineer.
8. Community services
- This field is popular among spouses of military personnel 55 and older, interviews revealed. Work-life balance and positive contributions are among the benefits.
- Jobs include work in social services, administrative support, religious services, program management, training or teaching.
9. Retail and customer service
- For those looking for a flexible work schedule, a team-oriented environment, and creative or strategic opportunities, retail and customer service can be a good fit.
- Jobs include cashier, salesperson or customer service representative.
- Respondents said they value the manufacturing field for pay, flexibility, and creative or strategic opportunities.
- Some of the roles include assembler, brazer or welder, machinist or operator, production manager or quality control inspector.
For more information on job hunting, see Navy Federal Credit Union Resources.