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Veteran Career Paths

Career Exploration

Federal Law considers a veteran to be any member of any branch of the armed forces of the United States who has been honorably, generally or medically discharged. Once leaving the military, it is often difficult for veterans to transition into civilian life and move forward with their career. However, depending on the training received while in the military, there are many career opportunities for veterans. Here is a short list of some available career paths for veterans.

Operations Manager

The sole responsibility of the operations manager is to carry out day to day business tasks. They also look for ways to improve daily operations. Requirements for this job will depend on the company and its function, but generally all that is required is leadership experience and a Bachelor's Degree. If you are a veteran with a great deal of leadership and military operations experience, the Bachelor's Degree may not be required. By 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 5-9% growth rate. With a median estimated annual salary of approximately $100,000 per year, it is not hard to see why.

Administration and Office

It might not seem glamorous, but office and administrative workers are an essential part of any company and its day to day functions. Often referred to as office managers, account/payroll managers and many other titles, the administrative/office employees are the ones to keep things running smoothly. In order to be considered for this position, veterans generally need to have at least an Associate's Degree, but a Bachelor Degree is preferred. Experience is also a plus. Therefore, if you held an administrative position in the military, then this may be the career path for you. With a median yearly salary of approximately $54,000 and a projected growth rate of 2 to 4% by 2026, this is one of the most in demand jobs for veterans.

Cyber Security Analyst

The hacking of computer data systems of companies that hold private information has become a huge issue and it is not expected to end in the near future. As society continues to rely on computers to make our lives easier, hackers continue to rely on unsecured software systems to obtain information. The Cyber Security Analysts job is to stay one step ahead of the hackers. They find new and inventive ways to make sure company data is secure to protect their customers personal information. This is certainly the career path to get into if you are looking for job security and have the experience to perform the task. While most employers look for a Degree in a computer science related fields, for veterans it may simply come down to experience. If you have experience analyzing and military training this is often enough for most employers. With a median salary approximated to be $92,000 per year and a projected growth rate of 28% by the year 2026, this is definitely a career path for experienced veterans to consider.

Truck Driver

Truck driving jobs are also a great career path for veterans to choose. From long haul truck drivers to local delivery drivers, the jobs are plentiful. To be hired for this career, you will need a high school diploma/GED and you will be required to obtain a proper CDL license. You often will not be required to have any experience. With a median income of $41,000 and a projected job growth rate of 6% by 2026, this is often an excellent career path for a veteran who loves to travel.

This is just a very short list of career opportunities that are available to veterans. There are many other great opportunities in numerous fields from trade positions like an electrician, welder or construction worker to more high tech positions such as a web developer. Choosing the right path for each veteran depends on their personal experience and training.

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