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48 G.I. JOBS | APRIL 2018 | GIJOBS.COM GIJOBS.COM G.I. JOBS | APRIL 2018 | 48 INDUSTRY INTEL HEALTH SERVICES BY MART Y LEVINE MICHAEL JOEST'S HEALTH CARE JOB puts him right next to doctors in the operating room, even though he never spent a day in medical school. The 33-year-old Army veteran is a product expert who works with surgeons and hospitals to integrate the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic surgical device, into their practices. As a clinical sales associate with Intuitive Surgical in Charleston, S.C., Joest knows his military skills are still working for him. He was an infantry and reconnaissance platoon leader from 2011 until 2015 and deployed to Afghanistan's Wardak Province. As civilians, he says, veterans want to continue on a mission that matters. In the military, "they had a defined mission and it really affected a lot of people." That's why Joest aimed for the health care industry after his service. He knew that his military skills would give him an edge in the job hunt. For one, he says, once you've been in the military, you know how to sell something. "You're constantly selling in the Army," Joest says. "Selling your soldiers to superiors for promotion, selling training events to your soldiers. "Military folks and veterans have a very desirable skill set," he adds. "The accountability and discipline that sometimes can be lacking in the workforce. There's a huge need for folks with that type of skill set." And most health care jobs require only a bachelor's or associate degree, or sometimes just a specialized certification. The health care industry is a perennial winner, with job openings that far outpace the average, plus great pay. The demand for health care workers is only going to increase as Americans, on average, get older. In fact, in January, health care became America's biggest employer. And most health care employees are now in the administrative and management end of things. It's a recession-proof industry, too, gaining jobs even during the recession that began in 2008. So until those surgical robots start selling themselves and doing every operation by themselves, it's an industry that will always be looking for veterans' skills. MISSION THAT STILL MATTERS Health care is now America's biggest employer. Find out where you fit. Age: 33 Military Service: First Lieutenant (O-2), Army (2011-2015) MOS: Infantry Officer (11A) Education: • Bachelor's degree, government and political affairs, Centenary University, 2008 • Bachelor's degree, business management, Centenary University, 2008 • MBA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, expected 2018

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