After serving our country for many years, veterans often return to civilian life looking for work in unique sectors. If you are a veteran who is aggressively looking for work in the green market, there are many choices to consider. For my brother-in-law, who is a military veteran, these choices were confusing until we worked through and found some common ground and, yet, some differences for each career path.
When searching for jobs available to veterans, it is important to consider your passion and what, specifically, you want to pursue within a particular sector. So, if you have an interest in the organic or green markets, then you’ll want to find a niche, within the green market, in which to focus.
Green Energy Jobs
To find green jobs for my brother-in-law, in this economy, we had to take a look at a whole variety of skill sets he possesses. Like many veterans, with discipline and logistics backgrounds, these skills often work best in the green energy markets – also commonly referred to as the “alternative energy market”. These jobs may require additional training and, typically, that training can be secured with a few months of enrollment at a local community college.
Organic Agricultural Jobs
If you are disinterested in alternative energy-styled work, as my brother-in-law was, then perhaps something in the agricultural field would be more appealing. Green jobs in this market will typically include organic farming, gardening, and working with local agricultural groups on education and training. While this sounded appealing for my brother-in-law, it still was not the niche he was seeking.
Finally, after narrowing down the options in the green sector, and like many veterans, my brother-in-law chose to pursue a career in the area of teaching. While there are minimal jobs in green markets within the education field, there are some colleges or universities that will hire prior military veterans. By securing a college background, veterans with a passion for teaching can often work as associate professors in their organic or green energy niches. So, if doing the actual work in that sector is not appealing, then perhaps teaching other college students is a viable option.
No matter what your background in military service there is, undoubtedly, more jobs available to you as a military veteran, than compared to a non-military job applicant. If you want to pursue a particular passion in green-friendly jobs, then consider these sources of work and always register with your local military job placement and recruiting office. Job careers can be found online for military veterans, and their spouses, leading the way to new gainful employment after many years of military service.
Sample: Green Jobs Study Program
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