These Hot Jobs for Veterans Pay At Least $46K. Here’s Who’s Hiring

Jobs for veterans

Transitioning into a new career is always tough — and transitioning from military to civilian life is often harder.

It helps to get hired by a company that understands and appreciates veterans, and to choose a career that’s both fast-growing and well-paying.

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

If you want to work in a hospital, but don’t want to spend years in school, check out this job. You’ll work in a lab and conduct tests on bodily fluids and tissues.

For this job, you’ll need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Median Salary: $49,310

Who’s Hiring: Hospital Corporation of America, Kaiser Permanente and Sodexo

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

Who’s Hiring: Several companies, including Comcast NBCUniversal and Verizon

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

Who’s Hiring: CB&I, Troops to Trades and Walmart

5. Information Technology Specialist

You know tech jobs are hot — but did you know you don’t need a bachelor’s degree to become an IT Specialist?

Some companies will hire you with an associate’s degree, experience or military service, according to G.I. Jobs.

Median Salary: $61,380

Who’s Hiring: Tons of companies, including Bank of America, Farmers Insurance and The Home Depot

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, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.