By: AJE Recruiting Specialist
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 Military.com, 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 Title||Median Pay|
|Program Manager, IT||$91,000|
|Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment||$62,400|
|Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)||$67,300|
|Information Technology (IT) Consultant||$74,000|
|Network Engineer, IT||$62,500|
|Project Manager, Construction||$66,000|
|Business Development Manager||$72,200|
|Network Administrator, IT||$50,000|
|HVAC Service Technician||$42,000|