Military Spouses Need In-Demand Skills, Too

By Lt. Col. Paul Capicik (USAF, Ret.)

It’s no secret that being on the move is a major part of military life. When it comes to relocating, however, a career is not something military spouses want to leave behind, nor should they have to.  By pursuing the education called for by high-demand professions, military spouses will be in a better position to obtain meaningful employment, even after a move.

Whether it’s computer science, information systems, or nursing, numerous educational degree and certification opportunities are available for military spouses. And with the benefits a military-friendly university provides, beginning a “portable career” may finally be an option.

I.T. and Healthcare Professionals Enjoy Options in High-Growth Sectors

Careers in information technology and healthcare, in particular, are likely to be among the most portable professions for military spouses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, I.T. services positions – fields like technical consulting and computer systems design – “are expected to add 2.1 million jobs” by 2018.These careers should “travel well,” no matter where a family is stationed.

Healthcare opportunities are also on the increase. Over the course of the next several years, another 2 million jobs “in offices of physicians, home health care, services for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and nursing care facilities” will need to be filled[1]. With job growth this robust, starting or furthering an education in I.T. or healthcare increases the likelihood that military spouses will consistently find employment.

And enhancing employment opportunities wherever they live means military families will increase chances for finding an additional source of income. With careers that travel, financial security need not suffer when it’s time for the next move.

A Military-Friendly University Makes Education Flexible and Affordable

Recognizing the need for military spouses to have “portable careers,” American Sentinel University makes it possible to complete a world-class education in the high-growth areas of I.T. and healthcare from anywhere in the world.

Distance-learning platforms allow students to log in and complete coursework anywhere there is an Internet connection. While family obligations, work or relocation may prevent military spouses from attending a traditional college, the flexibility provided by an online course means they can finally complete assignments according to their own schedules.

In addition to the convenience of its web-based I.T. and healthcare programs, American Sentinel extends the following service member benefits to spouses of active-duty service members:

  • Reduced tuition
  • Military scholarships that cover books, software, and associated shipping fees
  • No-cost credit transfer evaluations
  • No graduation fees

American Sentinel is an approved partner in the new MyCAA military spouse program, which provides military spouses (of lower ranking officers and enlisted military members) up to $4,000 in tuition benefits from the Federal government. This is in addition to the American Sentinel military scholarship mentioned above.

With such strong financial assistance and flexible online formats, many are finding it possible to complete a degree or certification program in I.T. or healthcare. And for military spouses aware of the job growth in these vital areas, career portability may finally be within reach.

Named a Military-Friendly School by GI Jobs for the third year in a row, American Sentinel University offers outstanding military benefits for service members, spouses and veterans, including reduced tuition rates, an expansive transfer credit policy, no-cost books for active-duty, and personal support for the unique military lifestyle. American Sentinel provides accredited, quality Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs for high-job-growth industries, combining the flexibility of its100% online platform with dedicated personal support. Programs include IT, computer science, GIS, nursing, business intelligence, management, and IT industry certifications.

Paul Capicik is a 26 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, who served as a command pilot qualified in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and held several strategic and operational plans and program positions. Following AF retirement, he spent more than 12 years with Civil Air Patrol as director of several departments and Chief Information Officer for that nationwide 60,000-member organization. An Air Force Academy graduate who also holds a Master’s in Information Technology, Lt. Capicik is Vice President, Military Programs at American Sentinel University.

[1] “Employment Projections: 2008-2018 Summary.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. December 10, 2009. Accessed September 1, 2010.