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Best Careers for Female Veterans: Hot Industries
What are the best jobs for female veterans? These career tracks offer great opportunity, especially for professionals with a security clearance.
While the employment figures for women veterans haven’t made up a rosy picture of late, some of the stats are changing, resulting in good trends when it comes to jobs for female veterans. Veteran and women’s organizations are stepping up to assist women veterans adjust to civilian life and shorten the time span between transition and employment. With hiring gains among women in several key industries, women veterans with an active clearance would do well to capitalize on the diversity trend.
Oil and Gas
Traditionally a male dominated industry, oil and gas is booming – as is the number of women now being hired. According to the American Petroleum Institute, the number of new jobs created by 2030 could exceed 1.4 million nationwide. In fact, during the first quarter of this year, 3,900 positions were added and 1,800 went to women.
“The oil business is wide open for women,” said Marsha Hendler, President and Chairman, TerraFina Energy. “This is a growing industry. They’re looking at talent, not the sex of the person. In some of the larger companies, a clearance would definitely be an advantage even if it isn’t required. It means their backgrounds have been thoroughly checked. When someone is developing a field or considering bringing in a well and you want to keep that information private, a clearance would imply they can keep confidence.”
As clearances continue to be seen as indicators of trust and loyalty, cleared women veterans have better than ever prospects in research, sales, marketing and communications. But the bigger news for women is the increase in engineering opportunities. One of the chief reasons is the aging engineer workforce. The current population of engineers is primarily made up of professionals over the age of 50 and leaning toward retirement. This is true among all engineering sectors, from nuclear to materials, chemical, civil, computer and systems.
So where are the jobs? The better question is where do you want to live? Currently, Texas leads the nation in oil and gas employment. The Eagle Ford Shale, discovered in 2008, now supports more than 116,000 jobs across 30 counties. That figure is only predicted to rise. Other high employment growth states include Oklahoma, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Louisiana. As for salaries, the industry pays well. A community relations manager can earn $90,000, and engineers typically earn six figure incomes.