Civilian Military Jobs: What’s on Offer and What Can You Expect?

When you think of a military career, the roles that come to mind are those of soldiers, fighter pilots, naval officers, and other combat-focused positions. These, however, aren’t the only roles available within the military. In fact, most roles within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) are based within barracks, which function as their own micro-societies. As a result of this societal structure, the MOD has a need for civilian staff who are trained in areas that exist outside of the military.

The MOD is always seeking staff with medical expertise. Military servicemen and servicewomen work in physically taxing and often dangerous conditions, making healthcare an essential part of the military function. Medical professionals are involved in both preparation for and recuperation from dangerous scenarios, which gives civilians who are skilled in this area the opportunity to transfer their non-military skills into military settings.

Physiotherapist

In the civilian world, a physiotherapist will use physical methods such as exercises, massages, and heat treatments to ease the musculoskeletal problems that some people face on a day-to-day basis. These can occur in a variety of ways, with the most common causes being vehicle collisions and sports injuries. Due to the nature of these injuries, civilian physiotherapists become well-practiced in locating and treating the problems.

In a military setting, musculoskeletal issues have an even wider range of causes, which means that as a physiotherapist, you will find yourself treating different – and potentially unfamiliar – types of trauma. As work for military personnel is both dangerous and physically demanding, physiotherapy is needed to maintain and improve the physical fitness of those involved in these situations.

Locations: UK; international

Salary: £26-£30 per hour

View our current military physiotherapist roles.

Nurse

If you’re a civilian nurse, you will be used to treating patients in high-pressure situations, particularly if you have experience working in A&E, where nurses care for people who have suffered various types of trauma. This ability to take a level-headed approach to caring for patients in the busy hospital environment translates well to military settings.

Although the number of people becoming nurses is on the rise, there is still a general shortage in the civilian world, with even fewer nurses going on to work as part of the military. If you’re a registered nurse on the lookout for a career change, you could follow new specialisms with opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally.

Locations: UK; international

Salary: £18-£22 per hour

View our current military nursing roles.

(We supply a variety of specialities including practice nurses who work within military medical centres, registered nurses for military wards, occupational health nurses, and mental health nurses.)

Dentist

Dental care in the military is slightly different to that in the civilian world. Maintaining a healthy set of teeth for civilians is their responsibility, and is usually managed at the cost of the person. But if military personnel have teeth that are in poor – and sometimes hazardous – condition, they will not be deployed, making dentistry another essential element within the military function.

As poor dental health can lead to potentially crippling problems for military personnel, the MOD allocates funding for the dental care of those on the front line. Military dentists are often employed on a locum basis, which means that you could have the opportunity to move to different bases and working in different locations all over the world.

Locations: UK; international

Salary: £70,000 minimum salary after training

View our current military dental roles.

GPs and Healthcare Assistants

Because military bases function as micro-versions of civilian societies, and are therefore often home to families as well as servicemen and servicewomen, community healthcare needs to function in the same way as it does in the outside world. Although there is potential for more serious (and more frequent) injuries in a military environment, children still get ill, pregnant mothers still need to be monitored, and people still need to go for regular checkups.

For this reason, GPs and healthcare assistants need to be on hand to carry out medical examinations and treat any general issues that occur. Locum military GPs benefit from being able to treat disciplined and dedicated patients who take a genuine interest in maintaining perfect physical health.

Locations: UK; international

GP Salary: £60-£64 per hour

Healthcare Assistant Salary: £12-£14 per hour

View our current GP and healthcare assistant roles.

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