Best Jobs for Veterans [Updated for 2021]

Some of the best jobs for our Veterans in 2021 include allied health professions.
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At Southern Careers Institute (SCI), we appreciate our veterans every day. And we are glad to support the impact of veterans on the economy. We’re also proud to help our nation’s finest men and women transition into their civilian careers. 

With that pride in mind, we’ve considered the opinions published by Navy Federal Credit Union (Navy Fed), looking at the industries hiring veterans and their spouses. We created a list of the top career paths for transitioning veterans and their families. As always, if you’d like to learn more about any of our veteran-friendly education options, contact us!

Best Jobs for Veterans

Top Healthcare Careers for Vets

Some of the best employment opportunities for veterans lie in health care. In fact, the health care and medical sector is the best match for many veterans and their families. The pay is terrific, demand is high, and military experience provides an edge for vets who can work well under pressure. Navy Fed says “two other benefits that stood out were the strong sense of community and teamwork within the [industry]” plus the opportunity to help others. The most popular medical career paths for vets include:

The Top IT Career for Vets 

Some of the best jobs for veterans can be in IT. Careers in Information Technology (IT) are both popular and lucrative. Many vets have plenty of hands-on experience, which makes a career in tech a smooth transition. In the private sector, IT jobs offer competitive salaries and creative benefits, plus clear advancement paths. We’ve found the most popular career path is:

The Top Manufacturing Career for Vets

The manufacturing industry has some of the best jobs for veterans. Manufacturing is the leading industry for veterans without a college degree and for those aged 35 and up. Remember, a generation of “Boomers” is retiring en masse right now, as many as 10,000 per day. This means many high-paying jobs and opportunities for advancement are opening up. Welders are in high demand! And many vets have hands-on experience already and are ready to be professionally certified in:

Top Transportation Careers for Vets

It’s no secret that the US has a shortage of qualified CDL drivers. In addition to great pay, trucking jobs offer opportunities for advancement and independent ownership — the sort of freedom many veterans and their families crave. If you enjoy travel and would prefer not to deal face-to-face with customers all day long, you might love a career as a:

Learn About Your Veterans Benefits for Education

The US proudly thanks our veterans, active-duty military, and military families for selfless service by offering veteran education benefits. There are several military benefits assistance programs vets can use for education, like: 

  • Montgomery GI Bill College & Education Assistance
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
  • Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Assistance
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
  • Selective Reserve Option of MGIB
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program

We’re proud to work with veterans and their families as they transition back into a civilian lifestyle. And we would love to help inform you further about the best jobs for veterans in 2020. If you’d like to learn more about your education benefits, or any of our military families/vet-friendly career options, apply now.

This article was published on: 05/25/21 8:30 AM

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