Yes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these industries pay between 20% to 30% more than average mean salary. Your exact salary will depend of course on your specific role, your level of experience and your location.
The following salary numbers taken from the BLS will give you a rough idea of what to expect.
Please note that these are average median wages for these roles within the pharma and med devices sectors so do expect some variation both up and down.
If you have an Engineering or Technical background…
…check out these Manufacturing roles
Many veterans have a good understanding of the link between leadership and production, quality, safety, maintenance, and procedural compliance. They are able to communicate and build teams from the individual to the plant level.
…and check out these Engineering / Maintenance Roles
Many veterans and military personnel are highly skilled in using technology as they troubleshoot and repair electronic, electrical, and mechanical systems in the toughest of environments. Those with automation and maintenance experience are perfectly suited to roles which involve the installation, calibration, and servicing of capital equipment.
If you have a Science/Lab, Healthcare or Medical Background…
…Check out these Science Roles
Laboratory Technician (average salary $49,770)
With relevant experience, this can be an entry level role.
Microbiologist (average salary $76,850)
…and check out these Quality Roles
Many Veterans make good candidates for compliance and quality related positions. Safety compliance and procedural compliance are taught and reinforced in the military and these skills readily translate into the highly regulated manufacturing environment of pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing. Veterans with this skill set can easily understand the cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) and SOPs (standard operating procedures) that are essential here.
If you have an Information Technology/Automation Background…
…check out these Specialised Roles
With advanced specialist training, many veterans and military personnel would make ideal candidates for the following specialist and highly paid roles.
If you have another area of expertise …
… there are many other job roles that could be open to you.
Areas such as:
- Supply chain
- Human Resources
These roles would not typically require the technical industry-specific retraining of the roles outlined above.