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The Hottest Jobs for 2017

by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Here’s a rundown of the top jobs for transitioning military members to consider:

Information Technology

There are six main industries where the jobs are: tech companies, financial services (banks, insurance companies and credit card companies), educational institutions, health care, manufacturing and transportation.

Current top needs are:

-Cyber security: Companies have moved from defensive security measures to the offense. “More businesses need people with analytical skills to figure out the vulnerabilities before an attack happens,” Ostrowski says. Many veterans have some level of security clearance or experience working with confidential information. This area is wide open for you. Look for listings for cyber security analyst, cyber security specialist, cyber security engineer, risk manager or risk analyst.

-Cloud computing: As companies decide what data to put offsite in a ‘cloud,’ they need experts who can advise them on security and strategy, Ostrowski says. For example, does the company want customer information in the cloud or close by? If you have network integration skills, you’re needed to tie it together and ensure it functions as it should.

-The Internet of ‘Things:’ This involves managing smart homes and smart cities - devices with a sensor and communication capability to collect and track data. It could be anything from making street lights or parking more efficient, to securing a health care facility or an elementary school. “There is a huge - and I emphasize that - a huge security component,” Ostrowski says. “It’s all potentially vulnerable to an attack.”

Differentiate yourself from other job applicants with a professional certification in your IT specialty area, Ostrowski says. You can obtain certifications through CompTIA, Microsoft and Cisco.

“It’s borne out on many studies that those with certifications are better able to do their jobs than their non-certified counterparts. They can fix issues the first time and are more proactive in looking for solutions to do things better,” he says.

It will also get you a job interview much more quickly, he adds. “Employers use certifications to sift through the candidates they get. If they get 50 applicants for a job, and 13 have certifications, then those 13 go to the top of the list,” he says.

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