Transitioning into civilian life can be a confusing and nerve-racking experience for those without a plan. It's normal to reach the end of your service without knowing what you want to do or where you want to go. But, to increase your chances of succeeding in civilian life, you should keep in mind where job opportunities are most likely to be. Going home may seem like a safe idea, but job growth will have a serious impact on your future if you aren't established in your career.
Fortunately, Forbes has recently compiled a list of 10 top cities for job growth. Surprisingly, Florida is home to over half of the cities ranked on the list. Forbes used Moody's analytics to pull this list together, and all signs point to aging baby boomers necessitating increased work in sectors like construction, retail, and healthcare. Because the population of Florida is steadily aging and welcoming new retirees, the local economy will have to grow in response.
Fortunately, there are still other states on the list. Keep in mind that job growth percentage shouldn't be your only consideration. Some cities, like San Jose, may require a high income to sustain a satisfactory quality of life. Furthermore, job growth doesn't include all industries. Even though certain sectors might experience increased employment needs, that effect wont' necessarily translate to all other career opportunities, although there will be possible secondary effects as different sectors grow.
Your opening moves after transitioning out of the military are critical to initial success. While no problem is entirely irreversible, putting yourself in the right place at the right time can make the difference between hitting the ground running and struggling to keep your head above water.
1. Naples, Florida Projected yearly job growth: 4.6% Median income: $54,366
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Project yearly job growth: 4.5% Median income: $44,609
3. Cape Coral, Florida Projected yearly job growth: 4.4% Median income: $47,493
4. Orlando, Florida Projected yearly job growth: 4.2% Median income: $47,875
5. Ocala, Florida Projected yearly job growth: 3.9% Median income: $39,945
6. Provo, Utah Projected yearly job growth: 3.8% Median income: $61,873
7. San Jose, California Projected yearly job growth: 3.8% Median income: $95,295
8. Phoenix, Arizona Projected yearly job growth: 3.7% Median income: $52,518
9. Port St. Lucie, Florida Projected yearly job growth: 3.7% Median income: $45,907
10. North Port, Florida Projected yearly job growth: 3.6% Median income: $49,391