For veterans, transitioning from the military to civilian life can be a difficult process. One of the most difficult parts of the process can be finding a new job. Some veterans think that their years of service just look like a gap in their employment history, a turnoff to private companies. However, serving in the military often gives you a chance to learn new skills, such as leadership, IT, and medicine – valuable skills in the private sector. So include your service in your resume and make sure your potential employers know what you’re capable of.
This begs another question: where should I look for a job to apply these skills?
Let’s look at the 10 best jobs for veterans. This information is from CareerCast. All stated salaries are average medians.
1. Training and Development Manager: $95,400
Transferable skills: Problem solving, crisis management
2. Industrial Production Manager: $89,910
Transferable skills: Leadership and team building
3. Software Engineer: $85,430
Transferable skills: Information technology skills from the military
4. Construction Program Manager: $82,790
Transferable skills: Leadership, team building, exposure to heavy machinery
5. Administrative Services Manager: $81,080
Transferable skills: Team building, oversight
6. Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer: $54,530
Transferable skills: Real world experience installing and maintaining sophisticated telecommunications equipment for the military
7. Industrial Engineering Technician: $50,890
Transferable skills: efficiency insights and exposure to heavy machinery
8. Paralegal and Legal Assistant: $46,990
Transferable skills: On-the-job training sometimes given to military members during service
9. Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver: $38,200
Transferable skills: Willingness to be on the road, reliability
10. Emergency Medical Technician: $31,020
Transferable skills: Medical skills learned while in the military
These positions are specific and may be listed because of a growing industry. However, there are many jobs that require the same skills as the ones listed here with different position names and in different industries, so don’t be tied down to these specific positions. This list is to show that there are opportunities out there for veterans and that your skills are valuable.
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