In today’s job market the type of degree can make all the difference, especially if you are hoping to land one of the current “Hot Jobs” listed below.

New Career Path or Same Career Path?

You have two main career choices: you can stick with a civilian version of your military career field or venture out into a new career path. If you elect the former, you may need help translating your military occupation into a civilian job.

Many military specialties give servicemembers experience in human resource management, office administration, maintenance, data entry, and computer software engineering. This means that you might be able to pick and choose the civilian career field that best suits you and your goals.

Decisions, Decisions…

Career counselors and education service officers using a career assessment can help you find a career that matches your skills and interests, which will help make your search more effective. Active duty and Reserve service members can contact their local education service office or career counselor for details. In addition, veterans can get this counseling and employment assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

If job security and good pay are important to you, then a good place to start is this “Hot Jobs” list. The following is the Department of Labor’s forecast of the fastest growing and highest paying jobs through 2014:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Network Systems
  • Administrator/Analyst
  • Physical and OccupationalTherapist
  • Health Diagnosis Technician
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Teacher (All Levels)
  • Accountant