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Optimal Jobs for Veterans

It is a difficult transition for the war veteran to make coming back to civilian life in New York and finding a way to fit back into society. That society is so unstructured and unregulated compared with military life. Fitting in is difficult and finding the right job is a big part of the challenge.

So what types of jobs are optimal for returning veterans and where can they find them? What qualifications do these jobs require and what qualifications do returning veterans have? Let’s take a look.

Qualifications of Veterans

  • High performance level and commitment to excellence
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in completing projects
  • Ability to work well within a fast paced, multifaceted workplace with ever changing projects and assignments.
  • Good communication skills including the ability to understand orders and instructions and ability to communicate those orders and instructions to others.
  • Ability to overcome adversity and apply outside the box solutions to challenging problems.
  • Leadership ability and experience.
  • Training and teaching experience.

Jobs Needing Veteran Qualifications

There are plenty of jobs in New York that suit the qualifications and makeup of a lot of our returning veterans. The challenge is matching up the qualifications above with jobs in your area that are open and meet your needs. What follows is just a taste of the kind of jobs that need the skills and experience mentioned above. Some will have additional information while some will simply list the job and its salary range.

Any job with ‘manager’ in the title might be appealing to servicemen who have supervised troop. Some soldiers will have experience with emergency medical needs and MASH units, while others will have software development or legal experience.

Training and Development: A manager’s annual salary is about $95, 400 and you can see how a vet with good training experience might fit this job.

Industrial Production Manager: salary is $89,900, needs a 4 year or at least 2 yr. degree.

Construction Program Manager Average salary: $82,800. If you have ever worked construction this is a great job for you. Get a 2 year degree and you will be set.

Administrative Services Manager:  Average salary: $81,100, probably needs a 4 year degree.

Police Officer/Private Security: Average salary $56,980, needs a high school diploma, and academy training. Promotions require 4 year or advanced degrees.

IT Specialists: Average salary: Average salary $48,900. Many service people receive computer and communication training and experience in the military. A 4 year or advanced degree will probably be required. The field is growing by 17%

Paralegal: Average salary $47,000.

Truck Driver – both corporate and owner operator: Average Salary $43,000

Mental Health Counselor: Average salary is $41,500 and the demand is great with expectations of 29% future growth rate. The demand for mental health counselors with military experience working with other returning veterans suffering from mental illness is great. This is a serious problem as at least 25% of all active duty non-deployed Army personnel.

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Average salary $31,000- a perfect fit for anyone with medical experience while in the service.


There are many agencies and non-profits set up to aid veterans in this transition back to civilian life, including the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the GI Bill and many websites dedicated to jobs for veterans. It is hoped that this article will help returning veterans to think differently about their job search and understand that they will have to sell the skills they have.

Jobs For Veterans


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Jobs for Veterans

Transitioning from military life back to civilian life has many inherent challenges. Finding a job should not be one of those, but it often is. The good news is that this is changing. In the wake of the wars in the gulf, there has been a strong push for companies to hire returning veterans. This has been successful and today there are companies who will hire veterans before they hire anyone else. There are also resources for veterans that are not available to others, the challenge is to get this information to the veteran.


There is a Veterans’ Employment Website ( that offers veterans the resources they need in order to search for jobs in New York and prepare for interviews. This site reviews such things as the practice of veteran’s preference for federal jobs, tips on interviewing, lists of ‘Military Friendly Jobs and Employers’, information about programs such as “Troops to Teachers” for veterans who would like to become educators, and much, much more.

There are many veterans’ job boards and websites that are only for veterans. After perusing the Veterans’ Employment Website, veterans can turn to these types of sites and start to explore actual job openings. It could be a waste of time and a frustrating experience to explore all the job oriented websites out there. It is challenge enough just to find the sites that are specifically oriented to veterans such as the Veterans Job Exchange, state–level Career One Stop centers, VetsSuccess, and Vet Internships.

The federal government has a commitment of their own to hire veterans into federal jobs and particularly at Veterans Affairs itself. There are a couple of websites designed to specifically help veterans with these types of jobs. These website sites include VA for Vets, VA Careers, Feds Hire Vets, and My Career at VA.

Many of these sites will connect veterans with employers in New York as well as other cities that are ready to hire them, data bases you can search and post a resume and resources for transitioning from military to civilian. These sites provide valuable information in addition to the above, to assist the veteran in getting a job. Probably the best of all these sites is

When you visit, click on jobs and enter your location and job preference, the site will find all the jobs they have in the data base that match your criteria and then tell you which ones have specific military credits or a strong preference for hiring a veteran. Apply to these companies with the resume that these sites have helped you to create. “Job seekers must think like recruiters,” says Chris Gaily, director of talent acquisition at Intuit INTU -0.88%. “Read the job description carefully, understand what pain the hiring manager is trying to solve with the role, and describe specifically how your experience and leadership skills will make that company successful.”

If you would rather use a professional recruiter, don’t choose just anyone. Most recruiters do not know how to turn your military experience into job experience. There are however recruiters who specialize in working with veterans.