Best Jobs for Veterans

By: AJE Recruiting Specialist

Best Jobs for Veterans

The unemployment rate for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan was 12.1 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And young male veterans (those ages 18 to 24) have an even higher unemployment rate, or 29.1 percent, as compared to their non-veteran counterparts who held an overall unemployment rate of 17.6 percent. And compound this with the fact that veterans aged of 35 to 64, according to the BLS, make up nearly two–thirds of all unemployed veterans.

And as more veterans return from active duty, they will join other unemployed workers in their search to find jobs and support their families. While today's workplace is crowded with a high rate of unemployed job seekers, veterans possess unique skills that can serve them well in their job search.

As recently reported in, below are top15 jobs which are the most common professional veterans choose. These jobs require veterans to utilize their unique skills developed as a direct result of their military training, including leadership and organizational ability and deep knowledge of new technologies, to name a few.

Top 15 most common professions veterans choose:

Job TitleMedian Pay
Management Consultant $87,000
Program Manager, IT $91,000
Systems Analyst $70,500
FBI Agent $77,600
Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment $62,400
Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) $67,300
Information Technology (IT) Consultant $74,000
Intelligence Analyst $69,500
Helicopter Pilot $58,600
Network Engineer, IT $62,500
Project Manager, Construction $66,000
Technical Writer $53,400
Business Development Manager $72,200
Network Administrator, IT $50,000
HVAC Service Technician $42,000
Fireman $41,900