Jobs for Military Veterans
Reentering civilian life can be difficult even without the added stress of finding a job. If you are finding yourself overwhelmed as you search for your next career path, you aren’t alone. Luckily, there are a few tried-and-true options to consider as you settle into a new chapter of your life.
Do I work for someone else, or do I start my own business?
There are endless career options with the knowledge and experience you gained through service. Finding a great fit is all about your personal preference and skillset.
Great fits for veterans:
- Correctional Officer
- Automotive Technician
- Police Officer
- Truck Driver
- IT Technician
Starting your own business:
Veterans can work as a government contractor in a variety of different fields, including:
- National Defense
- Social Services
- Public Infrastructure
When veterans start their own business, it is best to certify that business as a VOSB or SDVOSB. Surveys state that 70% of Americans would rather work with a veteran-owned business, so having the proper registrations will be helpful.
Not sure if you meet VOSB/SDVOSB requirements? If not, that’s okay! There are options for veterans that do not require VOSB/SDVOSB verification.
One of the most obvious career paths for veterans without SDVOSB companies is serving as a police officer. Military personnel fulfill community leadership just as police officers. Veterans also understand how to uphold and adhere to laws and strict standards, making the transition from the armed forces to civilian life as a police officer easier. Police officers are required to investigate crime, provide public services such as traffic control and security, and apprehend suspects in their quest to maintain public peace.
Truck drivers are a frequent choice for veterans. Some companies specifically search for former members of the armed forces thanks to their military truck driver’s license, which can sometimes be transferred to commercial settings fairly easily. Veterans’ stamina, focus, and mental endurance also makes them industry favorites as the long hours on the road can prove difficult to people unfamiliar with maintaining focus for long periods of time.
It is common for military members to learn programming and IT skills in order to maintain military information and intelligence systems. Their problem-solving skills also allow veterans to more easily troubleshoot IT problems as well as possible solutions.
If You Do Qualify, Start a VOSB
One of the most popular job opportunities for veterans is to establish a veteran-owned small business (VOSB) or a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) to pursue your interests and give yourself as well as other veterans a chance to earn a living using the unique skills cultivated during your service. Veterans who have completed VOSB certification are especially well-poised to serve as government contractors to offer federal institutions essential services and goods.
Veterans with an SDVOSB or VOSB are uniquely qualified to serve as contractors in a wide array of fields. If you haven’t made a decision about how to move forward in your post-military life, consider undergoing your VOSB certification and starting your own business today.
Whatever path you take, thank you for serving our country and enjoy wherever your new career takes you.