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The Best Jobs in America

U.S. Army Reserve soldiers attending attend a job fair at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in July 2014. (C. Terrell Turner/U.S. Army)
U.S. Army Reserve soldiers attending attend a job fair at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in July 2014. (C. Terrell Turner/U.S. Army)

We looked at the Department of Labor's list of jobs that have the best growth potential and best pay then chose the top 20 occupations that may be best suited for veterans.

Take a look at the list and see where your job, or prospective job, places:

  1. Nurse Practitioner: Bachelor's degree $101,260
  2. Software Developer : Bachelor's degree $100,690
  3. Dental Hygienist : Associate's degree $73,330
  4. Information Security Analyst : Bachelor's or Master's degree $90,120
  5. Physician Assistant: Bachelor's or Master's degree $98,180
  6. Market Research Analyst: Bachelor's $62,150
  7. Marketing Manager: Bachelor's $128,750
  8. Accountant: Associate's or Bachelor's $75,280
  9. Mechanical Engineer: Bachelor's $83,500
  10. Operations Research Analyst: Bachelor's or Master's $78,630
  11. Computer and Information Systems Manager: Bachelor's $131,600
  12. Civil Engineer: Bachelor's or Master's $82,220
  13. Cost Estimator: Associate's or Bachelor's $60,390
  14. Financial Advisor : Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's $89,160
  15. Logistician: Bachelor's degree $74,260
  16. Medical Equipment Repairer: Associate's or Bachelor's $46,340
  17. Computer Systems Administrator: Bachelor's $77,810
  18. Insurance Agent: No degree required $48,200
  19. Construction Manager: No degree required $87,400
  20. Elementary School Teacher: Bachelor's or Master's $54,550
If you don't have a degree, don't panic. You likely have the education benefits needed to help you earn the educational requirements necessary to get any of these jobs. Your next step should be to learn more about your military education benefits.

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