Ride the Wave of Job Opportunity

In looking back at On Your Guard in 2012, there were quite a few stories that proved popular or that we feel especially indicative of the rewards of service. So, in the spirit of ‘everything old is new again,’ we will occasionally republish these stories throughout 2013 for the benefit of our new readers.

Three Civilian Growth Opportunities Available through the National Guard

Deciding on a career is a lot like surfing. Think of the waves as occupations. Some are good for you, other waves … not so much. As the surfer, you float in the ocean of possibilities, looking and waiting for the right wave to come along. When it does, you want to be trained and ready to ride it. If you hit it too soon or too late, you could end up in one of those epic fail videos. But hit the wave just right and you can ride it all the way to shore.

Here are a few fields that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to make bigger than average waves during the next few years. The National Guard can help you prepare to ride these waves as far as you can.

  1. Turn Care into a Career – Believe it or nThree National Guard Soldiers in the medical field ot, care is at the core of what we do in the National Guard. We care about our country, our states, our communities, and people. And the Guard provides training in an array of care-based careers in the medical field. Together with the education benefits available in the Guard, you could prepare for a civilian job as a personal care provider (an area adding 607,000 jobs by 2020), home health aide (adding 706,300 jobs by 2020), dental specialist (adding 68,500 dental hygienists by 2020), medical secretary (adding 210,000 positions by 2020), mental health counselor (adding 43,600 jobs by 2020), and physical therapists (adding 77,400 jobs by 2020). Ask a Guard Recruiter about opportunities for you in the medical field.
  2. Make a Trade – There are all kinds of trades in the National Guard … like masonry, carpentry, rebar workers, plumbing, steamfitting, pipe layers, and more. These trades, depending on specialty, are expected to add 36-60 percent to their ranks during this century’s second decade. Ask about occupational specialties in the Guard’s engineering specialties, and learn a trade that will last you a lifetime.
  3. Do You Speak Another Language? – Fluency in a language other than English could be quite a boon for anyone who can accurately translate and interpret select foreign languages. Companies doing business overseas and government agencies are looking to add as many as 25,000 interpreters and translators, a 42 percent increase, to their ranks by 2020. If you are fluent or close to fluent in a foreign language, get your conversation started in the Guard. These positions might even come with a cash bonus if you qualify. Ask your Recruiter about MOS 09L: Interpreter/Translator, and 35P: Cryptologic Linguist.

When reviewing your long-term career options, it’s always a good idea to understand the ebb and flow of the job market. Catch the big waves, and you can set yourself up for a long time to come. And best of all, the National Guard can help you prepare to ride them with specialized training and strategic use of your education benefits. Check out all of the opportunities available through the National Guard jobs board.

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The Sky’s the Limit in the Army National Guard

Seriously. And that’s only because we don’t train astronauts. Otherwise, valuable career skills are yours for the choosing. Pilots? Check. SCUBA divers? Yep. Everything in between? Just about. The training and experience you receive serving part-time in the Army National Guard is one of the most valuable things you will take with you into your civilian career. Check out what some of these Guard Members are doing:

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Ride the Wave of Job Opportunity

Three Civilian Growth Opportunities Available through the National Guard

Deciding on a career is a lot like surfing. Think of the waves as occupations. Some are good for you, other waves … not so much. As the surfer, you float in the ocean of possibilities, looking and waiting for the right wave to come along. When it does, you want to be trained and ready to ride it. If you hit it too soon or too late, you could end up in one of those epic fail videos. But hit the wave just right and you can ride it all the way to shore.

Here are a few fields that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to make bigger than average waves during the next few years. The National Guard can help you prepare to ride these waves as far as you can.

  1. Turn Care into a Career – Believe it or nThree National Guard Soldiers in the medical field ot, care is at the core of what we do in the National Guard. We care about our country, our states, our communities, and people. And the Guard provides training in an array of care-based careers in the medical field. Together with the education benefits available in the Guard, you could prepare for a civilian job as a personal care provider (an area adding 607,000 jobs by 2020), home health aide (adding 706,300 jobs by 2020), dental specialist (adding 68,500 dental hygienists by 2020), medical secretary (adding 210,000 positions by 2020), mental health counselor (adding 43,600 jobs by 2020), and physical therapists (adding 77,400 jobs by 2020). Ask a Guard Recruiter about opportunities for you in the medical field.
  2. Make a Trade – There are all kinds of trades in the National Guard … like masonry, carpentry, rebar workers, plumbing, steamfitting, pipe layers, and more. These trades, depending on specialty, are expected to add 36-60 percent to their ranks during this century’s second decade. Ask about occupational specialties in the Guard’s engineering specialties, and learn a trade that will last you a lifetime.
  3. Do You Speak Another Language? – Fluency in a language other than English could be quite a boon for anyone who can accurately translate and interpret select foreign languages. Companies doing business overseas and government agencies are looking to add as many as 25,000 interpreters and translators, a 42 percent increase, to their ranks by 2020. If you are fluent or close to fluent in a foreign language, get your conversation started in the Guard. These positions might even come with a cash bonus if you qualify. Ask your Recruiter about MOS 09L: Interpreter/Translator, and 35P: Cryptologic Linguist.

When reviewing your long-term career options, it’s always a good idea to understand the ebb and flow of the job market. Catch the big waves, and you can set yourself up for a long time to come. And best of all, the National Guard can help you prepare to ride them with specialized training and strategic use of your education benefits. Check out all of the opportunities available through the National Guard jobs board.

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