Luckily, G.I. Jobs has done a lot of the leg work for you with its list of 25 hot jobs for veterans.
We’ve shared a few of our favorites — many of which don’t require a bachelor’s degree — below.
Hot Jobs for Veterans
“To create the list, we asked the 2016 Military Friendly® Employers — all 228 of them! — to identify the top jobs for which they are recruiting America’s veterans,” explains Dan Fazio for G.I. Jobs.
The site used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the median salary and education requirements for each position.
The best part? It lists companies actively recruiting for these positions.
Here are five of our favorites:
1. Industrial Systems Operator
In this career, you’ll help manufacture goods by operating machines and assembling products — and you’ll only need a high school diploma.
Median Salary: $46,169
Who’s Hiring: APi Group
2. Clinical Technician
For this job, you’ll need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Median Salary: $49,310
3. Communications Technician
As the world becomes more wired, we need more people to do the wiring. That’s where you’d come in: installing and troubleshooting telecommunications systems.
Some companies require a college education, so check with the individual employer.
Median Salary: $55,190
4. Construction Supervisor
Want to work in a crew and build stuff? This job might be the one for you.
You’ll need a high school diploma plus experience, or an associate’s degree.
Median Salary: $65,292
5. Information Technology Specialist
Some companies will hire you with an associate’s degree, experience or military service, according to G.I. Jobs.
Median Salary: $61,380
For the full list of 25 hot jobs for veterans, head over to G.I. Jobs.
Your Turn: Are you a veteran? What industry do you work in, and would you recommend it to other vets?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.