Thinking about transitioning from the military into the civilian labor market soon? With all of the news about unemployment rates, reductions in the size of the military forces, and an economy that isn't embracing or hiring recent college graduates, some people may fear that there is a lack of options as a veteran seeking employment. However, there is hope. A recent report produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers says that employers expect to increase their hiring of recent college graduates by at least 7.8%.
In general, the report shows that employers are most interested in hiring graduates with bachelor's degrees in business, engineering, computer/information science, sciences, and communications disciplines. More specifically, these top majors include:
- Business degrees in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration/Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.
- Science degrees in Mathematics (including Statistics), Chemistry, and Physics.
- Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
- Communication degrees include Communications and Public Relations.
Notice that many of these degrees require a heavy emphasis in math and written/verbal communication. If you have not begun to pursue your college education, consider using the Online Academic Skills Course or the College Placement Skills Training provided at no cost to active duty and reserve military members. Also, talk to your Service's local or virtual professional military education counselor about your degree options. If you are already in school and need assistance in a certain subject, reach out to your school's academic support center (sometimes called Math and Writing Lab or Learning Support Center). Even if you are attending an online school, additional academic support is available to you.
Don't fret if you are in school and not pursuing one of these degrees. However, you do need to know the job outlook for your potential occupational field and post-military location. To find out more about employment trends for a particular state, check out the national CareerOneStop website.
For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site www.dantes.doded.mil/index.html.
Taheesha Quarells is the Education Project Manager at DANTES. With over 10 years of experience, she is dedicated to expanding academic and career development opportunities for military members, veterans, and their family members.