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The top 12 great jobs for military spouses?!

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12 great jobs for military spouses

July 11, 2012 10:59 AM
By Melba Newsome - Care.com contributor (MCT)

The Department of Defense reports that 85 percent of military spouses want or need to work.

The good news? This population has more education and training than the general public. 84 percent have some college, 25 percent have a bachelor's degree and 10 percent have an advanced degree. And that doesn't take into account their other marketable skills. Because 35 percent of military spouses in the workforce are in jobs that require a professional license, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced a goal for license portability for military spouses to be passed in all 50 states by 2014, as part of their work with Joining Forces.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) is developing partnerships with local, nationanational and international businesses to support the workforce needs of both military spouses and businesses. Through MSEP, Fortune 500 “PLUS” companies across America are partnering with the Department of Defense to create employment and career opportunities for spouses. The impressive list of employers includes Microsoft, Hyatt, Amazon, CVSCaremark, DELL, H&R Block and many other marquee employers who value military spouses.

“Our partners recognize that military spouses bring reliability, adaptability, knowledge and skills that put them head and shoulders above other candidates,” says MSEP Program Manager, Dr. Lillie Cannon. “Federal employers give preference to military spouses and private employers make an effort to employ them.” Cannon advises job seekers to start their search at their military readiness offices and check with the MSEP website to see which jobs are available in the area. (Check out this list of Military Spouse Friendly Employers: http://www.military.com/spouse/career-advancement/military-spouse-jobs/military-spouse-friendly-employers.html)

With the help of MSEP, we have also come up with this list of 12 ways military spouses can turn their education and/or skills into a money-making venture regardless of location.

1. Direct selling

Become a representative for an established, direct marking firm like Mary Kay, Avon, Stella & Dot or Pampered Chef. Most require a small but affordable investment for the sales materials and products necessary to get started. Consultants sell door-to-door or organize home parties.

2. Child care and babysitting

Good, reliable childcare is always in demand so start your own childcare and babysitting service for parents in your area. Having experience with your own children will probably give you a leg up on the competition. Be sure to familiarize yourself with state laws for caring for children, especially if hosting them in your home.

3. Selling handcrafted goods online

Websites like Etsy.com and Artfire.com are the equivalent of eBay for handcrafted or artisan goods. If you have a knack for creating artsy crafts, supplies, jewelry or art, you have the potential of earning hundreds of dollars each month.

4. Tutoring and substitute teaching

Proficient in math, science or English? Hang out your tutoring shingle! Also, websites like Tutor.com and Tutorvista.com need tutors to work with students online from their home computers for almost every subject. The pay varies depending on the subject and the number of hours. Every school district in the country needs quality subs and the flexibility makes this a very appealing job for military spouses. Most fill-ins will need a college degree but qualifications vary from state to state. Check with your state education department to learn if you qualify and how to start working in your area school district.

5. Errand runner

Whether they are elderly, busy or simply lack a car, many people need help with time-consuming tasks like picking up the dry cleaning, grocery shopping or renewing their auto registration. That’s where you can come in. Establish an errand business and earn extra cash being a go-fer for others.

6. Catering and/or cake-making

Those hours spent watching the Food Network might be the genesis of a money-making plan. If you have great culinary chops, try catering parties or backyard cookouts, selling homemade baked goods or offer your services as a personal chef. A course in cake decoration, candy making, and baking from a community college or gourmet food shop can boost your presentation skills.

7. Pet services

Turn your love of pets into some extra cash by caring for animals for people who travel or work long hours. While most pet owners need help with dogs and cats, be prepared to care for rabbits, snakes, hamsters, birds and fish, too. Listing your services on Craigslist or posting flyers at neighborhood pet stores and veterinary offices can drive customers your way. A mobile dog and cat grooming business can also bring in consistent income.

8. Gift basket creator

Use your creative flair to create beautiful gift baskets. Package gifts and goodies in attractive baskets, decorative tins, boxes or bags for special occasions like baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries or holidays and market them via word-of-mouth, brochures or a dedicated website.

9. Personal trainer

Are you in great shape? Do people often ask you to share your fitness tips? Instead of giving away the store, hire yourself out for personal training sessions. Your chances of getting a job at a gym or fitness studio are good since staff turnover is high.

10. Administrative assisting

This is one of the largest occupations in the country. Your office and computer skills can land you a job in a variety of settings including schools, government agencies, or a variety of corporate settings.

11. Information technology (IT) specialist

Temporary agencies and MSEP partners like Microsoft and Dell are consistently in need of workers in this portable, high-growth and high-demand field.

12. Tax preparer

Each year, large tax-preparation firms such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt train and employ tens of thousands of people to prepare tax returns in their storefront offices. Any background in accounting and bookkeeping will undoubtedly give you a leg up on the competition.

13. Consistent “temp” work

Local temporary agencies, as well as national ones like Manpower and Kelly Services, provide an opportunity to work in your field of expertise or learn a new skill. Another great resource for hourly work is SnagaJob.com.

by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
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m.smitty.xo
by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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That's the problem right there. Oh Jacksonville, how I miss you sometimes...

Quoting beerebelly:

 Oh it is definately a serious article! I tried to link it but no luck. It came from the JDnews.com

 


lwalker270
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I was too before I decided to stay home with the boys.  You definitely don't just waltz in and secure a job in IT.  LOL.

The temp thing though, did work out well for me before I went back to school to finish my degree.  I would ask for long-term assignments and got several that turned in to permanent positions.  

ETA:  In some areas, there is Manpower Professional that places white-collar professionals in temporary assignments.  I know there was one when we lived in DC.

Quoting DvlDogWfe:

I myself am an IT Specialist and yes, nothing irritates me more than the ones you just described! It takes alot of training, schooling to keep updated on the latest equipment and software and not to mention patience! It is also BS how this writer seems to think it's just that easy to get hired at any company. Each company has their own guidlines and requirments as to certifications, schooling and experience.


jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Jul. 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Pretty short sighted...

Juliatrick2011
by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

That is hilarious - It's too bad I wasted all that time and money on an accounting degree.  Looks like I'm out of luck now that I'm a military spouse.

natalias925
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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Op listed as "top 12" its just 12 jobbs.
Overly sensative military spouses. It suggests the jobs listed as they are easily relocated. If you read the transition sentence from the education portion to the suddestion of jobs it isn't suggesting people with a masters or BS/BA or whatever is only fit for the jobs listed because of who you are married to.
Also, consider the sourse. The lady is from care.com so yeah, watching peoples pets/kids isn't what she may think of as a bad job. Some nanies and caregivers make over 30 an hour!
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4ever-SJ
by Gold Member on Jul. 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM
I think there is a claim in this morass, but it's utterly incomprehensible.


Quoting natalias925:

Op listed as "top 12" its just 12 jobbs.

Overly sensative military spouses. It suggests the jobs listed as they are easily relocated. If you read the transition sentence from the education portion to the suddestion of jobs it isn't suggesting people with a masters or BS/BA or whatever is only fit for the jobs listed because of who you are married to.

Also, consider the sourse. The lady is from care.com so yeah, watching peoples pets/kids isn't what she may think of as a bad job. Some nanies and caregivers make over 30 an hour!

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momtimesx4
by Member on Jul. 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Insulted?  Yep....most of those are crap jobs and I'm tired of seeing what you are hawking plastered all over your back window.  Esp those who use a paint/shoe polish pen to handwrite it on the rear window and gets smeared off when the rear window wiper gets used.

DMartin21
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I undertand why everyone may feel insulted but I really doubt it was meant to do so. As some other people said, those are just jobs that are easily relocated, or maybe something that a SAHM might want to dabble in at times if she wanted to help bring in some extra income for some reason, or even if she just got bored when her husband is deployed. I suggested once to a friend that she make cakes and/or cater events because she is really talented, not because I think she is a useless baby making, military mom. I am studying to be a veteraniarian, but reality is that when I get my degree people may be reluctant to hire someone they know will be leaving them in the next couple of years. There are also certification issues for certain jobs when you move to different states. 

4ever-SJ
by Gold Member on Jul. 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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I would prefer to be encouraged to aim higher than any of these occupations. I think the article encourages spouses to settle.


Quoting natalias925:

Sorry, having issues posing from my phone and can't see what I type after I type it (my new one comes in the mail today)

Nowhere in the actual article does it say "Top 12" jobs. The jobs listed are jobs that were thought to be easily transferable skills. Granted clientel will have to be found but the trade would stay the same.

I don't think anyone is insulting military wives my suggesting these jobs.

In regards to the job list, most of them we would suggest to a teen or young adult as a side job, I agree. However if you actually invested time and effort into some of these it could lead to a lucrative carrer. I have seen people make a great amount on avon, pampered chef, and so on. I know a Major Generals wife who babysat or did nannie gigs and own 4 houses and has teaveled with her clients oversea's to provide care.




Quoting 4ever-SJ:

I think there is a claim in this morass, but it's utterly incomprehensible.






Quoting natalias925:

Op listed as "top 12" its just 12 jobbs.



Overly sensative military spouses. It suggests the jobs listed as they are easily relocated. If you read the transition sentence from the education portion to the suddestion of jobs it isn't suggesting people with a masters or BS/BA or whatever is only fit for the jobs listed because of who you are married to.



Also, consider the sourse. The lady is from care.com so yeah, watching peoples pets/kids isn't what she may think of as a bad job. Some nanies and caregivers make over 30 an hour!



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DawnPratt23
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM
Insulted, not really. Most military spouses are young girls right out of high school, starting out. Myself I have a degree, but am a Genealogist Blogger and digi scrap designer for my memories. There are lots of military mom bloggers pulling in great money.
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