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SOC DNS Career-Related Degree Lists

An important factor to consider when choosing a college major or academic degree program is how well that degree will prepare you for a career—whether you remain in the military for twenty years of service, or leave military Service after your first enlistment.

Many servicemembers acquire technical expertise and highly marketable career-related skills during their military service. Upon separation, they seek civilian jobs or educational programs that are directly related to their military occupational specialty in order to continue in that occupational career field.

Generally, degree programs that are closely linked to a specific military occupation provide significant opportunity for evaluated credit awards that can be applied to college-level degree requirements. For example, servicemembers serving in electronics specialties will have earned a number of credit recommendations for their military training and occupational specialty experiences that may be applied to an electronics technology, applied science and technology, or similar degree. The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates military training and occupational specialty experiences for equivalent college credit recommendations. The ACE Military Guide provides more information on identifying college credit recommendations based on military training and occupational experience.

While the amount of credit recommendations that may be accepted in transfer will depend on the servicemember’s level of experience and the specific degree he or she chooses to pursue, SOC DNS schools have committed to a liberal transfer credit policy.

Servicemembers interested in exploring degree programs related to their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or Rating, should refer to this list of SOC Degree Network System programs that are closely aligned to MOS or Rating. Follow the links below to access the list by branch of Service.



Marine Corps

Coast Guard

Over the next decade, certain occupation fields are expected to grow considerably and have been described as having “bright” employment outlooks. There are a number of resources available to military-connected students that provide information and planning tools for entering these occupations. The U. S. Department of Labor provides information on a wide range of careers, including:

  • Projected growth rates of career fields
  • Number of jobs expected to be created in those fields
  • Qualifications, skills, and education required
  • Median pay

Further information may be obtained by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Web site.

Other useful tools are outlined on the SOC Resources page under Civilian Jobs Related to Military Occupational Codes. Here you can access links to information provided by the Multi-State Military Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) that identify civilian jobs related to military occupations, and the number of servicemembers in these occupations, as well as other resources that provide a wealth of information to transitional servicemembers about their career options in the civilian workforce.