By Careercast.com, Special for USDR
While they may have driven heavy equipment, supervised construction, worked as medics or done computer programming, many veterans are not sure how to apply those skills in the civilian world, says a new CareerCast report on the best jobs for veterans. Those seeking to make the transition to a post-military career can consider one of the jobs on CareerCast’s Best Jobs for Veterans list, including Emergency Medical Technician, Registered Nurse, Software Engineer and Construction Program Manager.
“It’s important for veterans to know where their experience can be applied best, and when they must obtain additional credentials,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “Many of the top careers are attainable with higher education, although many of the best jobs for veterans don’t require a college degree.”
Veterans often have five to ten or more years in the field, yet many don’t have college degrees. Fortunately, many of the professions on CareerCast’s list utilize many of the valuable skills gained in the service, such as leadership, organizational, communication and medical expertise. Taking those skills gained as service men and women and learning various job-market skills is one way in which veterans who don’t hold a college degree can overcome employment challenges.
As the job market improves, employers have been reaching out in greater numbers to U.S. military veterans. In fact, the unemployment rate is now just 4.7% for veterans 18 years and older from all branches of the military, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which compares favorably to the national unemployment rate of 5.6%. That’s an improvement of 0.8% from December 2013, or nearly 100,000 more veterans in the workforce.
For those seeking a post-military career path, consider one of the best jobs for veterans in 2015, using criteria from the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report:
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER
Annual Median Salary: $81,080
CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM MANAGER
Annual Median Salary: $82,790
Annual Median Salary: $ $49,840
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
Annual Median Salary: $31,020
INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN
Annual Median Salary: $50,890
PARALEGAL AND LEGAL ASSISTANT
Annual Median Salary: $46,990
PERSONAL FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Annual Median Salary: $67,520
Annual Median Salary: $65,470
Annual Median Salary: $85,430
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Annual Median Salary: $95,400