This article is geared towards military spouses. After all, it is often their love and support that make our jobs possible as Soldiers. I think that while we focus on our careers, it is equally important to ensure that our spouses are able to pursue their own hopes and dreams. Being a spouse of someone in the military makes you a very unique and highly valuable person. That being said, there are jobs out there that are just perfectly suited for military spouses. Here is my list of the Top 10 Army Spouse Jobs.
10. ABA Therapist. Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapists work with patients to overcome mental and social disabilities—especially kids on the autism spectrum. ABA therapists can work full or part-time. The job, however, requires formal education in psychology, behavior analysis or a related field of study.
9. Healthcare. Especially Concerning The Elderly. The need for registered nurses and Healthcare employment is expected to grow. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, there is also opportunity in healthcare on the business side of the house. With many military spouses displaying skills and devotion to caring for others, healthcare is an excellent field to pursue.
8. Special Education Teacher or Aide. It is often a career dream for many to be a school teacher, but getting those jobs often requires that you spend a few years in the school system—which is hard to do when you move every other year. What if you break out of that crayon box and imagine yourself as a Special Ed teacher or a classroom assistant instead? The National Education Association says there is a greater need for special education teachers than for any other type of teacher. This requires some specialized training and the drive to make a difference in the world. Who more qualified than the devoted military spouse?
7. Marriage and Family Therapist. The Bureau of Labor projects that the need for marriage and family therapists will rise 29.8 percent in the coming years. The divorce rate is not climbing that fast; it is just that it is becoming more and more common for people to seek help from a therapist when their marriage gets rocky. This shortage is particularly great when it comes to military families dealing with the difficulties that arise from deployments, PTSD or other issues. Who more qualified to help others than those who have the experience first-hand themselves?
6. Pharmacist and Pharmacy technicians. There is a Rite Aid on every corner. A CVS in every strip mall. The opportunity for employment is there. Although it takes about six years to become a pharmacist, the salary is averaging over $100K and most of the training a pharmacy tech (salary $30K) gets is on the job. Demand for pharmacy techs is expected to increase with the elderly population. Pharmacies are also expected to look to cut costs by shifting responsibilities from pharmacists to pharmacy techs. With that type of job growth expectation, you can bet that this is a great career choice.
5. Social Worker With Military Credential. The National Association of Social Workers announced that they are launching a new credential for established social workers. Although social workers have to be certified and certification does not necessarily translate from state to state, this may be an area of expertise military spouses could capitalize upon. A social work who is also a military spouse who earns this credential would be ahead of the game and in a position to be in a supervisory position over other social workers. Something to think about….
4. VA Hospital or Home. Whenever you end up calling home, chances are that there is a local VA Home and/or Hospital that is willing to hire. VA careers can range from anything from healthcare, transportation (of Veterans, etc.), food, pharmaceuticals, etc. Depending on your qualifications or willingness/availability to be trained, the opportunities are seemingly endless.
3. Local College or University. I included this because of the additional benefits for your family. Most colleges and universities offer discounted or even free tuition for the dependents of their employees and/or spouses. Add that to the educational benefits that you would receive from your spouse’s service and we’re talking about creating a great opportunity to pursue your degree, your spouse’s ambitions or your children’s education. What a better way to earn a living!
2. Army Civilian. What better way to accompany your loved one in uniform than to join them working as an Army Civilian. My ex-Platoon Sergeant was a full time ADOS Soldier working at the Division level and his wife worked for the AG in his offices as a civilian. This situation may appeal to some couples and offer broad incentives as far as retirement, healthcare and other benefits available to Soldiers and Army Civilians.
1. Home Based Business. As a military spouse, you may constantly deal with military moves and separation from your loved one. It may be difficult to work away from home and raise a family at the same time. Coming up with the idea of starting a home based business makes sense since you can choose the hours that you wanted to work without sacrificing your family responsibility. More importantly, you are granted to flexibility to pursue one of your true passions and be your own boss, which is extremely rewarding.
These are the top 10 Army Spouse Jobs as I see it. What are your thoughts? If you have any comments or questions, just leave them below. Thank you.