If you're about to transition or have recently left the military, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for civilian life is to research the type of career you want and how to train for it. If you, like many others, feel lost in choosing a career, you should consider choosing something within a growth industry; even if it's not precisely what you want to do, job security can go a long way in providing a stable, satisfying life. Matt DiLallo looked at the stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and determined that the energy sector is experiencing an employment boom. If you're looking for work and need some focus, check out the top five in-demand energy jobs for 2014.
1. Mechanical Engineer – Mechanical engineers have a broad range of responsibilities, all geared towards the research, design, development, building, and testing of new devices. Often these are machines built for a specific job for a particular industry, not consumer products. Mechanical engineers use a wide variety of tools, and have a rigorous skill-set in math, physics, and design. Average Salary: $78,160
2. Field Service Technician – Field service technicians are the people who go out into the field to maintain and repair equipment such as wind power generators and power lines. These technicians tend to specialize in a certain type of hardware, so receiving the proper training early in their career is a must. However, due to the evolving nature of technology, technicians often must receive new training to repair new types of equipment. Average Salary: $44,160
3. Design Engineer – Design engineers draft ideas and develop concepts for consumer products. These can range from cars to appliances to toys. This job requires a blend of scientific and creative knowledge; good product design seamlessly blends form and function. This job is best suited for individuals who are capable of creating highly technical yet creative concepts. Average Salary: $58,230
4. QA/QC Inspection – Quality assurance and quality control inspectors are tasked with rigorously testing hardware before it ends up in either store shelves or the hands of a company. The job requires a good deal of mechanical knowledge, much of which comes from specific training. As there is a broad range of manufactured goods, so too is there a variety of QA and QC inspection. Average Salary: $33,030
5. Geologist – Geologists, or geoscientists as the industry calls them, play a major role in the energy industry. Despite advances in green energy, the world still relies on fossil fuels. Therefore, individuals with expertise in identifying potential resources and how to exploit them are highly valued. Geoscientists an specialize in a variety of fields, so if you want to enter the energy industry though this path, make sure you Average Salary: $82,500