The Best Jobs in the U.S. Army

Best Jobs in the army

If you’re enlisting in the Army, then you already know that you’re joining a highly respected and prestigious branch of the U.S. Armed Forces with a history that’s as old as the nation itself.

But did you know after graduating from boot camp, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of Army careers?

Many jobs in the Army offer a competitive salary and valuable work experience that will help you land a job after separating from service.

With so many Army career paths to choose from, it can be hard to know where to focus. To help narrow down your search, we’re sharing what we think are the 8 best jobs in the Army.

The 8 Best Army Careers      

1. Recruiter

Best Jobs in the army

If you’ve already entered the Army or you’re thinking about it, you’ve probably spoken to a recruiter. A U.S. Army recruiter is responsible for helping qualified civilians join the Army.

As a recruiter, you’ll conduct community outreach to identify potential candidates for the Army. For example, you may attend career fairs at high schools or colleges to speak to those interested in joining the Army. You’ll also speak young people who come to a recruitment center to learn more.

You’ll tell potential recruits how and why they should join the Army. You’ll explain what their training will entail and all the benefits they’ll receive as a servicemember. Then, you’ll help interested candidates go through the recruitment process.

You can make a minimum of $60,000 per year as an Army recruiter.

After you leave the Army, you’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a human resources recruiter. Many of the same skills you developed as an Army recruiter will come into play.

You’ll listen to people, answer questions, identify the best candidates for certain roles, and help them transition from candidate to successful employee. Salaries for human resources specialists in the civilian world start at $64,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2. Combat Medic 

If you’re interested in a career in medicine, and you thrive in high-pressure situations, then you might want to consider becoming a combat medic.

Combat medics are responsible for treating sick and wounded servicemembers on the battlefield, during evacuations, and in temporary hospitals. They provide emergency care, prepare operating rooms, sterilize surgical equipment, administer shots, track patients’ vital signs, draw blood for testing, and distribute medications.

Medics are also commonly expected to administer intravenous (IV) solutions in the field to soldiers who may become dehydrated from spending long periods of time in hot climates.  

As a combat medic, you’ll make an average of $56,894 per year.

After separation from service, many combat medics choose to continue their education and become nurse practitioners or doctors.

Others use their life-saving skills and abilities to transition to a career as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, or police officer.

3. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist 

Best Jobs in the army

An EOD specialist is responsible for identifying, disarming, and safely disposing of any variety of explosive devices. On any given day, you may be tasked with dismantling chemical, nuclear, or biological bombs.

You’ll also be expected to help combat units gather intelligence on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), set up decontamination stations in the event of exposure from chemical weapons, and maintain the equipment and vehicles used as part of the job.

EOD technicians in the Army earn salaries of about $46,486, and are eligible for bonuses up to $40,000.

Upon separation from service, Army EOD specialists can typically find employment with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, specifically in anti-terrorist units.

Large manufacturers of weapon and defense technologies such as BoeingL3Harris TechnologiesSAIC, and Booz Allen Hamilton also have career opportunities for military personnel with experience and knowledge of explosives.

4. Army Diver 

We described Navy divers in a recent article, but there are Army divers as well.

Army divers are trained in SCUBA and deep-sea diving. A proficient diver is expected to be effective in depths of 190 feet and stay under water for hours at a time.

While they are underwater, Army divers are inspecting, cleaning, and repairing watercraft. Other times, they are recovering sunken equipment. They are also responsible for reconnaissance, demolition, and patrolling.

Army divers earn more than $54,000 per year.

After separating from service, Army divers will often work for commercial shipping companies to repair and service cargo ships and recover sunken watercraft and cargo.

Divers also enjoy post-service careers as SCUBA instructors. Marine research teams often look for experienced divers to join their teams.

Many divers will also use their search and rescue credentials to transition into jobs as firefighters, police officers, or emergency medical technicians.

5. Public Affairs Specialist 

If you are adept at communication and understand that how you deliver a message is as important as what they message is, then you may be interested in becoming a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army.

Public affairs specialists help people outside of the Army, such as the national media, the general public, and other stakeholders understand what is happening inside the Army.

As a public affairs specialist, you’ll work in the public affairs office to help strategize, execute, and administer communications plans to ensure the right information gets to the right people as quickly as possible. Each day, you might be writing press releases, creating web content, shooting videos, and interacting with media.

As a public affairs specialist, you’ll earn about $53,000 per year.

There are many career options available to someone with experience in public affairs. After you separate form service, you can go into broadcast journalism, print journalism, or web content development. You can also work for a large PR firm or within the internal public affairs office of a large corporation. 

6. Psychological Operations 

Psychological operations (PSYOP) specialists have the responsibility of evaluating a target audience and then creating messaging to influence the thoughts and actions of that target audience.

For example, PSYOP specialists may create messaging to undermine propaganda that hostile regimes are disseminating to their civilians. Or, they may have to set up a campaign to ensure the people of a country the U.S. is giving aid to know how to access the resources being provided.

PSYOP specialists are also responsible for the care and upkeep of their equipment such as loudspeakers, radios, computers, and more.

PSYOP specialists make a good living, earning up to $72,000 per year.

After separating from service, PSYOP specialists have the skills and experience to work in any field where messages must be delivered to specific audiences. This makes them excellent candidates to enter into marketing and advertising, non-profit fundraising, and political campaign management. 

7. Operations Manager 

Operations managers plan missions and ensure that their teams have everything needed to ensure the best possible chances of success.

The duties of an operation manager will vary from day to day, but overall, you’ll be coordinating and directing security forces. You’ll be responsible for ensuring they have the equipment, training, and resources needed to sustain them for as long as they’ll be deployed.

It’s not an easy job, but you will make an average yearly salary of $83,000.

With Army operations manager listed on your resume, you’ll most likely be able to find a job in the growing field of logistics. Logistics is all about making sure goods get from one place to another as quickly and efficiently as possible. You can work in warehouse management, inventory control, or routing.

Logistics is a growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment opportunities in the field will grow 18% by 2032.

3. Army Dog Handler 

Do you love dogs? Then this might be the perfect job for you.

Military dogs play an important role in every branch of the U.S. military, especially in the Army. Army dog handlers ensure these brave canines are trained, fed, and taken care of properly.

Furthermore, your job would be to handle the dogs as they sniff out bombs, help in search and rescue missions, and intercept drugs and other contraband.

The job of dog handler pays about $40,000 per year.

After you leave the military, you can continue your career working with dogs.

You can work as a dog handler in local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies. These agencies often use dogs to sniff out drugs and explosives. Private security firms also need dog handlers on staff for similar reasons.

You can even start your own dog training business.  

Transitioning from a Military Career to a Civilian Career 

Best Jobs in the army

At Empire Resume, we know that transitioning from a career in the military to a career in the civilian sector comes with many challenges.

We are experts at helping servicemembers make the civilian transition. We specialize in writing military resumes for members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Plus, we offer a $25 discount to separating servicemembers!

Additionally, our constantly updated military-to-civilian blog offers the most useful and effective ways to help you with your job search. Contact us today for more information. 

Dr. Phillip Gold is President/CEO of Empire Resume and has vast experience writing resumes for both professionals and servicemembers transitioning from the military into civilian roles. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and was responsible for leading nuclear missile security. Phillip is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and holds a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University, an MS in Instructional Technology, an MBA in Finance, and a PhD in Finance. 

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