STEM Military Skills

Popular STEM military career opportunities

Five of the more popular jobs after the military are:

  1. Business and Finance
  2. Social Work
  3. Engineering
  4. Cybersecurity
  5. STEM

While all are good choices, two of the five stand out for the number of current job openings and demand for veterans with the right skill sets.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) offers fast-growing opportunities. In particular, these STEM roles:

  • Cyber security.
  • Information Security Analyst.
  • Computer Network Architects.
  • Civil Engineering.
  • Environmental Engineering.
  • Medical Scientists (clinical).
  • Medical Scientists (lab).

STEM military careers

In the US alone, there’s an estimated 9 million jobs expected over the next ten years.  


Also known as computer security or information technology security. Cyber security uses technology to monitor, mitigate and prevent online threats.

Cyber security work is interesting and there are plenty of job opportunities. The pay is pretty good too!

Some of the Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) that transition well are:

  • Army – Cyber Operations Specialist
  • Air Force – Cyber Security Specialists
  • Navy – Cyber Security Engineers (Officer), Cryptologic and Info Systems Techs
  • Army – Information Assurance Techs
  • Army – Info Systems Techs

For those transitioning from a different military field, usually a four-year bachelor’s degree is needed in cybersecurity or information technology/security.

10 personality tips to help your Study Skills

  1. Find time to study – If you manage your time badly, inevitably you will be less productive than if you manage it well. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety levels, especially around exam time.
  2. Keep to a routine – Work in the same place at the same time each day. Also, make sure you have everything you need before you start.
  3. Work to your strengths – Schedule challenging tasks for when you are most alert, and routine ones for when you may be feeling more tired.
  4. Don’t waste time – Rather than reading irrelevant material, skim and scan to help you decide if you need to read something critically and in-depth.
  5. Avoid distractions – Related to above. Switch emails and social media off to prevent your mind wandering while trying to learn new information!
  6. Regularly review your notes – Edit out what you don’t need. Ask yourself the question: “Is this information is relevant to my assignment, and how does it relate to what I already know.”
  7. Vary how you to take notes – For example, use Mind Maps and diagrams to generate ideas and linear notes to focus your ideas for essay or report plans.
  8. Be critical – Make sure that you always add your own comment to every concept or quotation that you write down. Maintain a critical and analytical approach at all times!
  9. Plan your work – If writing an assignment produce a detailed plan before you start to write it. This will make the drafting process much less stressful
  10. Understand different styles  – By understanding different writing styles – such as academic, journal and journalistic styles – you can put what you read into perspective. In particular, you can become more aware of any particular bias.

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