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Top 10 Jobs for Veterans in 2019

Over the past year, veteran unemployment has reached a historic low, at 3.4 percent overall, down from 5 percent last year and down from 9.9 percent five years ago. Veteran unemployment has thus remained at or lower than the national average for the past 2 years, a historic feat in itself.

Many veterans are unaware of how advantageous their military careers and skills can look on a resume for a civilian job. However, the reality is veterans have the skills and work experience that make them a highly competitive candidate for many jobs in the private sector, especially in technical, security, healthcare, and management positions.

Below is a list of the top jobs that are hiring Veterans in 2019.

Operations Manager

Job Description: Although specific job duties vary by position and company, operations managers usually manage the overall operations of the business. They are responsible for the efficient and successful management of labor, productivity, quality control, and safety measures. Possible duties include; interviewing, training new employees, assigning and directing work; addressing employee performance, and employee motivation.

Median Salary: $93,000

Customer Service Representative

Job Description: Customer Service Representatives are the face of the organization. They are usually the ones talking face-to-face with to the customers answering product and service questions as well as providing alternative suggestions for products and services. They also are in charge of handling complaints and processing orders.

Median Salary: $34,230

Computer Information Systems Manager

Job Description: This position is in charge of overseeing the computer activities of the organization. They also identify the technology needed to operate the organization effectively, thus requiring them to frequently update the computer technology.

Median Salary: $134,000


Job Description: Typical duties for accountants include; preparing balance sheets, profit and loss statements and other financial reports, as well as analyzing various trends and obligations to predict future revenue and expenses.

Median Salary: $51,000

First-Line Supervisor: Mechanics, Installers & Repairers

Job Description: These individuals are usually very experienced in what they do and are in charge of other employees. Particular job titles can range from maintenance manager and crew leader to production supervisor.

Median Salary: $64,000

Information Security Analyst

Job Description: Information Security Analysts monitor computer networks for security issues, install security measures and operate company software. This usually requires knowledge of various systems and information infrastructure including firewalls and data encryption programs.

Median Salary: $58,000

Management consultant

Job Description: Management consultants assist companies in solving various issues and create plans to maximize growth and business performance. They can also assist in developing any skills the company may be lacking.    

Median Salary: $82,000

Nurse Practitioner

Job Description: A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse, duties vary but are generally the ones assisting in all aspects of patient care including; diagnosis, treatments, and consultations.

Median Salary: $103,800

Registered Nurse

Job Description: Generally registered nurses monitor, record and report symptoms or changes in a patient’s condition. They are the ones who perform diagnostic tests,  prepare patients for exams and treatment and supervise newly certified nurses.

Median Salary: $67,000

Software Engineer

Job Description: Software engineers usually specialize in various areas including networks, operating systems, databases or applications. This position requires a strong proficiency in computer science as they are responsible for the update and evaluation of software.

Median Salary: $100,000

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“Great Jobs for Military Veterans in 2017.” Career Cast Veterans Network, Adicio Inc, 2018.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Examining 21st Century Programs and Strategies for Veteran Job Seekers: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. U.S. Government Publishing Office, Washington, 2018.

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