Top 8 Sales and Management Careers for Veterans

By: U.S. News University Connection

Top 8 Sales and Management Careers for Veterans

As America winds down efforts in the Middle East, many former soldiers are discovering a need to transition from military life back into the civilian world. With access to G.I. Bill funding, some veterans are finding heading back to class to earn new credentials is possible, while others are heading straight back into the workaday world.

For some veterans, sales and management jobs hold the keys to the future they desire.

Why Sales and Management?

Job availability in this arena is on the rise and soldiers will discover many of the traits they’ve already mastered in uniform transition well. With leadership abilities and confidence both musts, many veterans are already well-suited. While some of the higher paying positions may require a return to college to pick up the necessary credentials, the opportunity in these occupational areas can justify the commitment.

Here’s a look at the top eight posts in sales and management for veterans to explore and how to make the leap into working in them:

Sales Engineers. Professionals in this specialty arena sell highly technical or scientific products. They must have a firm grasp on the products and be able to understand the scientific processes behind them. Sales engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field. The job growth rate in this field is anticipated to be 9% through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 edition. The median wage in a 2012 national survey conducted by BLS was $91,830 a year.

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents. Workers in this industry sell financial investment products to individuals and corporations. A bachelor’s degree is required to enter and moderate-on-the-job training is often provided. Many workers in this area have a masters’ in business administration. Job growth is projected at 11% through 2022 by BLS. The median pay in 2012 was $71,720 yearly.

Administrative Services Managers. This field requires a bachelor’s degree in most cases. Workers here coordinate, plan and direct support services for an organization, including facilities maintenance, mail distribution and records. The median pay in 2012 was $81,080, while BLS estimates job growth at 12%.

Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers. Typically requiring a bachelor’s degree, this field has employees striving to promote interest and sales in a product. Managers earned a median pay of $115,750 in 2012. BLS reports an anticipated growth rate in the field of 12% through 2022.

Computer and Information Systems Managers. Workers in this field typically need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer or information science. The median pay was $120,950 in 2012. BLS anticipates a 15% job growth rate through 2022.

Financial Managers. Charged with ensuring the financial health of a company, these professionals create reports, and strategize and invest for the future. A bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ experience in an aspect of financial management is typically required. The growth rate through 2022 is projected at 9%, while the median pay in 2012 came in at $109,740.

Human Resources Managers. Requiring strong interpersonal skills, this field calls for a minimum of a bachelor’s degree as workers here direct, plan and coordinate such tasks as interviewing, recruiting, hiring, employee relations and so on. This field has an anticipated growth rate of 13% through 2022. The 2012 median pay was $99,720.

Sales Managers. Responsible for overseeing sales teams, sales managers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree with experience in sales. The growth rate is anticipated at 8% through 2022, while the 2012 median pay came in at $105,260.

Since job availability and starting salaries can vary, veterans interested in pursuing these career fields are encouraged to conduct independent research. Availability of G.I. Bill funding for college courses to launch these careers may also vary based on individual factors, such as length of service.