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The first lines of a famous song sung by Frank Sinatra might sound familiar to you:

"Start spreadin' the news, I'm leaving today"

One of the most significant challenges Military Spouses face is maintaining a career due to the constant relocation associated with the military. Ideally, a Military Spouse should be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor in any locale, but the reality is that finding career stability can be tough. The constant "start & stop & start over" makes it difficult to grow roots.

The "Occupational Employment Projections to 2018," published in the November 2009 Monthly Labor Review lists the fastest growing occupations. As you know, data such as this takes years to assemble. That said; don't let the publishing dates keep you from paying close attention to what the hottest careers look like for the next 6 years.

I did my own coffee table analysis of these findings for you to take a look at. My goal here is to present a very simple question:

"How portable are these jobs and how well do they pay?"

Now, for any Military Spouse, it is important to be able to take a job with you when you leave your current duty station. I define the word "portable" as; a job you can probably find in any city, on any corner, and probably won't have a hard time finding similar work wherever you go. Based on "portability" alone, the following occupations seem to match up best:

  • Home health aides
  • Personal and home care aides
  • Skin care specialists
  • Physical therapist aides
  • Veterinary technologists and technicians
  • Medical assistants
  • Occupational therapist aides
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

What you've probably noticed by now is that all of these professions that have what I like to call a high "portability index" all center on healthcare or wellness. Let the healing begin!

From a "portability" and "higher-paying" standpoint, the following occupations appear to be easy to take with you AND you might make a larger "cabbage roll" (my favorite term for money):

  • Athletic trainers
  • Dental hygienists
  • Physical therapist assistants

Of course, in order to enjoy the full benefits of portability and higher-paying careers, you'll need to meet certain educational or experiential requirements:

The most significant source of postsecondary education or training for these professions shown in the Fastest growing occupations report includes;

  • Doctoral degree
  • First professional degree
  • Master's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Associate degree
  • Postsecondary vocational award
  • Long-term on-the-job training
  • Moderate-term on-the-job training
  • Short-term on-the-job training
  • Work experience in a related occupation

What do you have to say about this? I hope this information helps you face this unique Military Spouse challenge head-on! If you ever see a Military Spouse worried about their next move, portability, and higher-pay, just remember to sing these words, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere, It's up to you...!"