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8 Highly Awesome careers Milspouses should know about

Passion is the one thing that could lead to many career paths being open to you. Figure out what that one thing is you love to do and do it. There are plenty of great job opportunities posted online for military spouses. Be open minded and you can achieve anything.

I work your typical 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday job. I love what I do I am a buyer at a manufacturing company. I have learned lots of valuable skills and tricks of the trade you could say. However, it has taken me about 10 years or so to know how to do my job well. My wife is going to be joining the Army Reserve soon and I got to thinking about work. What if sometime in the near future she wants to serve Active Duty? What would I do for work? Fortunately, I have my talents among them blogging, being a cosmetologist and a creative website designer. I think I could hustle and come up with a quick job to make money.

Nevertheless, I have been at my job for the last 6 years, its steady I know what to expect, and I enjoy where I work. If for some reason its beneficial to move with my wife I would do that. I have also read about how some military spouses stay in their home state and continue on with their career.

your-work-is-going-to-fill-a-large-part-of-your-life-and-the-only-way-life-quoteI would say it now, that I would live separately to keep my career on track. Then I think about the fact that my wife and  I might want start a family. There are some many things that come up when decided if you should move with your spouse or stay for your career. I think of course all decision you make personal and every family is different with different needs and wants.  I decided to do some research now and I have complied a list of potentially awesome career paths military spouse to pick up and start if they decided to move.

Pharmacist or Nurse

Choosing the medical field is great and give you flexibility most other jobs won’t. If you love helping and taking care of people look into becoming a Pharmacist or Nurse.

“Demand is projected to increase for pharmacists in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and clinics. ” – Drug Channels

 

Cosmetologist or Barber 

I currently have my Cosmetologist license in California. I completed my degree about 5 years ago. Although, I am not working in the field. If I ever need a job I know I can cut hair anywhere. If you love to talk, style hair and want to get paid think about becoming a Cosmetologist.

“Overall employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.” – Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists

 

Accountant 

Everyone needs there taxes done including business. Corporate companies even need their own department of accountants to manage their finances and payroll. If you like numbers and deadlines you can look into getting a degree for Accounting or taking a few class and get certificate.

“The accounting field is projected to have a 16 percent growth between 2010 and 2020.” – Accounting Careers and Job Outlook

 

Temp Work 

I had quite a few temp jobs that ended up turning into permanent  full-time. I liked how flexible temp work can be. You can choose to be on call or work for just a few weeks or even try out different kind of job.

“By 2020, it is estimated approximately half of all jobs will be short-term contract, temporary assignments, or freelance work. Instead of temporary jobs being something to avoid, it should be something many job seekers come to embrace and even expect.” – How Temp Services Could Help your Future Career

 

Photographer

Is there something you have wanted to do like become a photographer? Take a few classes at a local community college about photography. Put yourself out there and do some freelance work or trying working at a photo studio.

“Employment is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations. Photographers can expect keen competition for job openings because the work is attractive to many people. ” – Photographer Job Outlook

 

Blogger, Social Media Manager, or Website Design 

Blogging isn’t for the faint of heart but is enjoyable for any writer who wants to be heard. There are so many things you can do with social media and web design along with blogging. Sometimes you don’t even have to go to college to start out. You just have to know what you want to do with blogging and figure out where you want to go. Check out UpWork for freelance jobs writing blog posts.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from now until 2018, the number of jobs for public relations specialists is expected to increase by 24%, and this is partially due to the increasing role of social media.” – Social Media Careers

 

Chef or Barista or Caterer

Love cooking or watching everything that is on the Cooking Channel? My favorite shows are Cut Throat Kitchen and Top Chef. Why not try being a chef or caterer? Or maybe you love coffee and want a low key job, try working at a local coffee shop.

“Employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.” – Chefs and Head Cooks

 

Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor 

Find something you love to do like exercising and turn it into a job you can do anywhere. Try becoming a personal trainer or fitness instructor if you love going to the gym or if you just like being fit.

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.” – Fitness Trainers and Instructors

 

Tips to Remember:

Apply for unemployment.

If you must leave a job due to military relocation, know that 45 states pay benefits.

Brush up on you Interview skills

Know a little bit about the company, be on time to the interview, dress accordingly, sell yourself, ask questions, stay calm and be yourself.

Be ready to find a new Job

Its good to keep your resume up dated and think of joining Linkedin, Monster, or Indeed to find jobs in your new area.

 

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