You chose to serve our country. You dedicated your time and you risked your life to ensure our rights as Americans were upheld and our land and people remained safe. You stood up for others who didn’t have a voice and tried to bring civility where only unrest stood.
You used to serve your country. Maybe it was in a full-time capacity. Maybe your duties brought you overseas. Or maybe you remained employed here and provided part-time service.
Wherever your situation lead, you are now looking for a new line of work to transition into, which is leaving you with more questions than answers.
Your military career may be in your past, but what you learned and experienced will stay with you, so use this to your advantage. Harness your takeaways and strengths to guide you to your next destination.
Here are five great jobs for veterans in 2019:
A job that topped the charts two years running, according to G.I. Jobs, Operation Manager may be the next best gig for you. This positions also encompasses a lot of options as your duties will vary based on the industry and location you ended up in, but one thing is for sure; you’ll be great at coordinating between various departments, which is a top aspect of this job.
While it will be necessary to have a Bachelor’s degree in most cases, so this may not be the ideal fit for all if you don’t want to return to school, the leadership experience you gained will be your strength as a potential candidate.
If this is something you’re considering, your future is bright. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a five to nine percent growth through 2026 and the average salary is over $99,000 per year.
It should be no surprise that this position is a top contender year after year, and the need continues. Want to work during the week? There will be an available position. Prefer to travel for longer stretches? That’s an option too. Looking for overtime work? This is nearly guaranteed.
CDL Driver/Operators can be doing anything from driving local bus routes to jumping in their own rig and heading off across the states. It could land you in a construction site or hauling gasoline from station to station. No matter what, the need is there.
Only have a GED? That’s perfectly acceptable when you pair it with a Commercial Driver’s License. Soon you’ll be making over $40,000 per year.
Not sure about where to find commercial driver’s training? There are facilities all over the U.S., just like West Coast Training in Washington, that will have you on the road sooner than you’d expect.
Do you like to work with your hands? Then maybe welding is the perfect next job for you? In this role, you would be using equipment to fuse metal parts together using hand-held equipment, but that’s not all. In fact, it’s much more diverse and challenging than you’d think.
You would also be cutting, shaping, and joining various materials to make specific parts for various industries. While this may sound simple, it’s actually detailed work that needs to be handled with care to avoid manufacturing and truly dangerous mistakes. And, some welders even work under water.
Don’t worry if you never finished high school. You might need a GED and technical training would be useful, but on-the-job training is often where the real learning takes place. And, if this wasn’t a skill you picked up in the military, you can even use your G.I. Bill to help pay for additional training as needed.
If a welder is on your list of potential gigs you’ll also be glad to know that it has expected six percent growth potential through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can also expect to make around $39,000.
Heavy Machine Operator
In the military, you may have discovered you enjoy spending time outdoors facing the elements. If that’s the case, then you’ll probably love hopping on a piece of heavy equipment and working with a team to accomplish a task no matter the weather.
You may be thinking this wasn’t something you ever learned in the military, but your desire to complete tasks, leadership experience, and working with a team are all skills that will be helpful no matter which job site you land on. And, at schools like West Coast Training, you will learn site-specific skills you’ll need on the job in just eight weeks.
Is heavy machine operator a path you want to explore? It just might be since you only need a GED to enter a field that is expected to grow eight percent through 2026, according to BLS, and pay just shy of $50,0000 per year.
Maybe you really want to put the random military scheduled to rest and know you’ll be working a regular 9am-5pm job in an office at a desk. Then add web developer as a potential career transition.
Yes, many web developers have graduated from college in Computer Science, which you can pursue if you so desire, but many are taking another path. In fact, there are more in-person and online coding courses popping up across the country as the demand for this field is immense. In fact, the BLS expects a staggering 26 percent increase through 2026!
So, what does this job entail? It involved building internal and external websites, which can involve everything from the actual look and feel of the site to how it performs and how it handles the traffic.
While you can likely expect to make even more with a college degree, the median annual salary is currently over $66,000.
Thank you for your service, and good luck as you transition into civilian life. The opportunities are immense!