The military provides a broad range of experiences, but no matter what your occupational specialty was, there are always going to be civilian jobs where your experience can be put to good use. CBS News recently compiled a list of ten top jobs for veterans in 2013 which we’ve reiterated for you below. Whether you were an officer, an engineer, or something in between, there are jobs out there that suit your unique work history and personal goals.
1. Software Developer - Software development is one of the most lucrative and in-demand positions around. It requires patience and attention to detail, assets any service member has acquired through long drills and intense adherence to procedure. If you have a knack for playing with code this job is definitely for you, but almost anyone can learn programming a little each day if they get the right books and apply themselves.
Average Salary: $90,530
2. Training and Development Managers - Training and development managers introduce people to a company and ensure they’re taught what they need to know to do their job. They type of individuals who excel at this know how to educate, lead, and foster. Military experience helps because working within a strict system of command and regulation lends an understanding of what information people need to know in order to do their jobs, and good practices for settling them into a new environment and a new way of doing things.
Average Salary: $89,170
3. Industrial and Production Manager - Industrial and production managers ensure that manufacturing plants keep up with demand, overseeing plant operators, and handling the bureaucratic minutia of managing budgets and analyzing data. The leadership skills an individual can accrue in the military will definitely help with this type of job, as will experience with understanding operation objectives and ensuring they are met.
Average Salary: $87,160
4. Construction Program Manager - If you enjoy overseeing big projects, managing people, and working with heavy equipment, this is the job for you. As a construction program manager, your job will be to oversee the construction of a building from start to finish. Whether it’s collaborating with architects or managing people on-site, your job will require a broad range of skills.
Average Salary: $83,860
5. Ship Engineer - Putting in time as an engineer in the military might set you up for a lucrative career as a ship engineer. No matter what type of hardware you helped build, the experience of working on manufacturing projects will definitely transfer to this civilian career.
Average Salary: $74,540
6. Administrative Service Manager - Supporting an organization can be very satisfying, and administrative service managers ensure that offices have everything they need to operate efficiently. Whether it’s ensuring there are enough supplies to go around or suggesting policy changes, these individuals must be proactive in helping a business run as smoothly as possible.
Average Salary: $77,890
7. Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer - The modern world runs on fiber optic cables and microwaves, and if you’re willing to put the time into the necessary training, you can be part of maintaining these extensive and complex networks. Telecommunications equipment installer and repairers help individuals and groups set up and maintain devices that utilize telephone and internet systems.
Average Salary: $54,290
8. Industrial Engineering Technician - Not everyone has the time, patience, or will to understand complex machinery, and industrial engineering technicians make it their goal to help them. Whether it’s a dangerous piece of machinery in a factory or a simple device in an office, industrial engineering technicians help install hardware and teach people how to use them.
Average Salary: $48,210
9. Train Engineer and Operator - If you have any experience in operating heavy machinery or large vehicles, why not help run one of the most time-honored transportation systems in the country? Train operators make a decent salary, and require individuals to document issues with their vehicle, run the train efficiently, and perform light maintenance between trips.
Average Salary: $46,100
10. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver - Desk jobs aren’t for everyone, and if you’d feel more at home living part of your life on the highway then driving heavy trucks could be the perfect job. Truck drivers need to make long trips across the country to complete deliveries, but the job also requires individuals to report incidents along the road to dispatchers, maintain their vehicle, and keep accurate logs of their work.
Average Salary: $37,770