I Want That Job: Software Engineer
Learning how to code is one important way to acquire some of the most relevant skills for in-demand jobs, and is a great way to establish a solid foundation to secure a lifelong career in high-growth fields. For returning veterans, a career as a software engineer is a great way to make use of their military skills in a fast-growing, high-paying industry.
One of the main problems returning veterans face when trying to enter the workforce is the disconnect between the skills they obtained in the military and the skills most employers and hiring managers are looking for. Code Platoon, a program that trains veterans to become software engineers, is looking to change this.
Chad Mowbray is a Code Platoon grad and current software engineer at Motorola. His military-acquired skills such as perseverance, goal-setting, and an unyielding work ethic are all vital in helping him complete his assignments and excel at his job. The fast-paced environment is Chad’s favorite aspect of software engineering, and he must constantly grow and adapt to meet the changing demands of his job.
With a median salary of $103,000 a year and a projected job growth rate of 25.6 percent by 2028, now is a great time to pursue a career as a software engineer.
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Dustin Jones, Associate Producer, is working on WorkingNation’s special veterans content for the month of November. Dustin is a Marine Corps veteran, having served as a sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is in the final phases of completing his first documentary, Back from the Brink, which focuses on veteran suicide and PTSD.