Careers to Watch in 2024

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Looking for a new start in 2024? The next 12 months promise to be an exciting time for careers, with technological advancement reaching new heights, a stabilising jobs market, and a widespread push for greater workplace inclusion.

The world is changing quickly, and the reality is that businesses will need skilled, hard-working employees to help them navigate the road ahead. Veterans are amongst the most skilled and dependable individuals around, and there will be plenty of great options for them to explore in the coming months. Here are some of the fastest-growing areas on the market worth exploring in 2024.


IT Security Specialist

The threat of cybercrime is impossible to ignore for businesses of all shapes and sizes. It’s not just the largest corporations that get targeted – 46% of cybercrime is directed at businesses with less than 1000 employees.

As the need to defend against this threat grows, the demand for IT security professionals is through the roof. We’re seeing increased demand for this talent in non-tech-native sectors too, including healthcare, television, banking, and manufacturing.

Veterans are typically well-suited to these careers, as they know how to keep cool in high-pressure environments (alongside being natural problem-solvers).

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Operations Manager

Operations manager jobs can be ideal roles for ex-military personnel, as they require many of the skills and traits that you learn early on in the forces. For example, Operations managers need to be results-driven, calm under pressure, adaptable, personable, and diplomatic, all traits developed as soon as basic training.

Similar to field work (but with lower stakes) operations managers rely on team building and communication to reach their goals. Personability, accountability, and integrity are crucial.

As businesses seek to strengthen their operational infrastructures in light of an AI-enabled future, operations managers are highly sought after.

According to our LinkedIn talent insights, this talent is very hard to hire for – this is great news for candidates, especially those who can say they have military experience.


Risk Manager

The regulatory landscape is in a constant state of flux. Between the rise of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) concerns and rapidly evolving technology, businesses have more risks to consider than ever before.

Risk managers are nearly always in high demand, and 2024 will be no different. If you’re looking for a dynamic, rewarding, well-structured role with clear career pathways and high earning potential, the Risk and Compliance landscape is worth exploring.

Veterans are no strangers to risk. If you’re hoping to apply your risk mitigation talents to the civilian workforce, the financial sector might be a great place to start looking for a career. 


Support from Ex-Military Careers

Here at Ex-Military Careers, we’re more than a jobs board (although we do have a fantastic jobs board), we’re a global community with the means to support veterans making their transition to the civilian working world. If you see a role you like and need help securing it, just let us know – we’re here to help. Contact the team here to learn more about our services.