The 10 best career paths for veterans after leaving the military
Getty ImagesMany veterans worry about finding work after leaving the service and entering the civilian workforce. Navy Federal and Hire Heroes USA, two organizations that empower veterans to find sustainable jobs and secure good financial futures, teamed up to release a list of the best jobs for veterans. They consulted with veterans nationwide to find out what mattered most to them in a job and compiled a list of career paths that aligned with those values. The best jobs for veterans range from retail to the medical field and can pay as much as $68,116 per year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Reentering the workforce after serving in the military can be a tough transition for former service members and their families.
Navy Federal reports that more than 250,000 military service members transition into the workforce each year. One of the greatest anxieties for veterans is being able to find stable, well-paying work that honors the skills and experiences they've gained while serving in the military.
Christopher Plamp, the CEO of Hire Heroes USA, spoke to Business Insider about how his own experiences looking for work after spending 26 years in the Air Force inspired him to begin working at the organization.
"When service members leave the military, they may have a gap in their skills or might have never even had a civilian job before," he told Business Insider. "They might have never made a resumé, done a behavioral interview, or made a LinkedIn profile before. Hire Heroes helps them through this process, as well as connecting veterans and military spouses with companies that want to hire retired service members and their families."
Business Insider also spoke with Clay Stackhouse, the member outreach manager of Navy Federal and a Marine Corps colonel who retired after serving for 25 years.
"The most important thing for me that I've learned since retiring from the Marine Corps is that everyone transitions out differently. Every time I meet with veterans who worry about transitioning out, they have their own set of concerns when it comes to finding the right job for them," he said. "With 8 million veteran and military family members, Navy Federal really makes it our mission to help these people and give them the right resources."
Navy Federal and Hire Heroes USA teamed up to use their years of expertise to create a list of the 10 best careers for veterans. Navy Federal asked veterans nationwide what they value most in a civilian career, whether it be location, compensation, flexible hours, or working at a mission-driven organization.
We also consulted ZipRecruiter to include the average annual salaries and open roles for each industry.
Here are the 10 best career paths for veterans.Healthcare was ranked as the best career path for veterans. Hero Images/Getty Images
The healthcare profession allows veterans to use skills they may have learned in the military and channel them into a rewarding, mission-based, and lucrative career. Popular career paths for vets entering the healthcare industry include hospital operations and logistics, registered nursing, medical research, and administration (data, records, hospital functionality).
Average annual salary: $68,116/year
One in four veterans works in government or public administration. adamkaz/Getty Images
Veterans gain valuable leadership skills while serving in the military, which can often translate to a successful career in government or public administration. With plenty of opportunities for career growth and flexible hours, veterans looking to enter this career path should consider applying for jobs in administration, program analysis, and public affairs.
Average annual salary: $60,573/year
Defense contracting offers competitive salaries and is popular among younger veterans. Cavan Images/Getty Images
Defense contracting involves creating materials that will help aid the various sections of national defense. Whether you're building weaponry or an aircraft, defense contracting work offers competitive salaries and is directly related to the military. Potential jobs in defense contracting could include becoming an analyst, an intelligence specialist, a contract management specialist, or a quality assurance manager.
Average annual salary: $57,624/year
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