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Question:

What are the most in-demand civilian career fields?

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Answer:

There are a lot of shortages, for quite a number of reasons.

The U.S. and many parents have been pushing the “you need to get a college degree” standard for so long that there is significant demand for skilled laborers without a degree. We’re also up to our eyeballs with young, debt-laden graduates, most of whom have no intention of working with their hands.

My short list would be:

1) Professionals with degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)

2) Trade & craft workers, such as welders, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, machinists, etc.

3) Truck drivers with a commercial driver’s license

4) Automotive and diesel mechanics

5) Certified information technology professionals

6) Nurses with a 4-year degree or above

7) Law enforcement and corrections officers.

―Robert Schumacher, Marketing Coordinator & Transition Services Specialist, Fort Hood Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program