Transitioning from the military to the civilian work force can be challenging. It can also be highly rewarding, when your new employer values you military training.
Before they were famous, many truly influential men and women started by serving their country in the US military or grew up in military families.

Careers That Can Take You From Military Pay to Civilian Success

Transitioning from the military to the civilian work force can be challenging. It can also be highly rewarding, when your new employer values you military training.

As a veteran, you are not only well suited for certain civilian jobs, you are actually well sought out by those companies and careers that value your military and clear understanding of chain of command.


Police forces nationwide seek out military veterans and, in fact, many precincts offer incentives for signing on to their police departments. Many of the requirements for success in a military career--courage, physical strength and fitness, understanding of chain of command--translate well into law enforcement.

Private security is a viable option for ex-military personnel. Many military-based skills -surveillance, weaponry and self-defense-will apply in the security industry. You will be welcomed in protection jobs for corporate, sports or entertainment industries or arranging details protecting private property, valuables or people.


If your career in the military involved working with advanced technology, you can move seamlessly into similar positions in private industry. From programming to networking, your computer skills can translate into a career in information technology. You may find that private IT companies have hardware and software similar to the military, so your skills will transfer well will little or no extra training required.


A career in construction allows you to transfer military skills into a well-paying job in the building industry. Jobs in construction include unskilled laborers, trade laborers, such as welders and carpenters, and positions such as drivers and heavy machine operators. You may need some additional training or education, but you can begin as laying pipe or brick, for example, at a construction site right away.


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