The military produces highly proficient, highly educated, and overall high quality professionals, which is why so many diverse fields clamor for military veterans finished with service. With the world at their feet, vets can put their skills and knowledge to the test in some of the best careers in America. Of course, we want our vets to succeed professionally and financially, so here are seven of the best jobs to search for post-military.
After being a soldier, being a health care worker is the most selfless profession. Doctors, nurses, and the like work exceedingly long hours to improve the lives of their patients. Thus, military vets should feel comfortable giving themselves unto a career not unlike their previous service.
The nation is aging, which means the need for health care workers is skyrocketing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the country will need more than half a million more nurses by 2022, which means there is ample opportunity for vets looking for a fulfilling, stable career. Registered nurses earn around $65,000 in salary, but nurses who specialize have the potential to earn even more.
2. Manufacturing Technician
Though many people interpret this job title as a fancy way of saying “factory workers,” the career actually requires quite a bit of skill and knowledge — which is why the job is so lucrative. Modern manufacturing techs work with complex robotics, electronics, and wireless systems to make sure production runs as smoothly as possible.
Though salaries for beginning manufacturing techs may be low, after a few years of experience, most techs see significant raises and promotions. Plus, by going back to school while working, techs can earn degrees that make them more qualified for managerial and executive positions, which promise even better benefits.
3. IT Professional
The military is one of the biggest (and wealthiest) proponents of technological advancement, which means that most veterans leave service with a healthy amount of IT experience. IT is a diverse field, with some professionals writing software and others maintaining established systems.
Plus, the field continues to grow exponentially, meaning there will be plenty of job openings for interested vets. Yearly earnings for IT workers can extend into the six-figure range, and most starter salaries hover around $70,000.
The armed services train personnel to have discipline and structure, which means it produces highly efficient, dedicated, and organized workers. All of these qualities are crucial to leaders in every industry, including business.
Companies all over the country are looking for administrators, managers, and directors who can lead teams of employees to success, and military vets make excellent candidates. Salaries for administrators are high, starting around $70,000 and reaching well into the six-figures.
5. Human Services Representative
Businesses, like the armed forces, must function as a cohesive unit, and it is the job of the human services department to ensure every individual understands his or her role in the team. HR representatives hire and fire employees, they develop and enforce policies, and they work hard to keep the company happy and healthy as a whole. A starting salary for an HR representative is around $60,000, while experienced HR workers earn closer to $90,000 and into the six figures.
6. Skilled Tradesman
After serving the country in the military, many vets elect to continue serving their country by adopting a trade and completing necessary labor. Skilled tradesmen are becoming scarce, as younger generations flock to universities to earn experience for careers in the office. Ultimately, that means tradesmen are able to charge more for their services, which most of the American public can’t complete themselves. There are all sorts of trades that require dedicated laborers; vets can easily transition into becoming:
- Construction workers
- HVAC technicians
- And more
The salary of a tradesman depends on multiple variables, including the trade, location, and even season, but laborers can expect to earn at least $50,000 every year.
Military vets are especially adept at navigating STEM fields, and engineering (the E in STEM) is the highest-paying and most accessible of them all. What’s more, there is a vast world of engineering, which offers more than 35 different degrees to address the world’s myriad problems. Some of the most popular types of engineering are:
Some of the other jobs on this list, including manufacturing technician, IT specialist, and tradesman, are excellent stepping stones toward a particular engineering career. Experienced engineers almost always earn six-figure incomes, and the starting salary for many engineers is upwards of $80,000.