The Best Jobs in America for Former Servicemembers

Your new job should allow you to put your military skills to good use as well as fulfill your professional passion. But where can you find this dream job? A new report, by Money magazine and, takes the guess work out of finding the right job for retiring servicemembers. Money magazine compiled a list of the best jobs for retirees who are ready to enter the "second act" of their careers in the civilian workforce. Here is Money's list of the top five jobs for former servicemembers:
  1. Operations or Intelligence Analyst. Median pay -- $68,900. Collects and analyzes data to evaluate operational difficulties and makes recommendations to solve problems. Develops and follows modeling and evaluation processes to determine the effectiveness of current operational activities to determine problem areas and develop solutions.
  2. Network Systems Manager. Median pay -- $73, 600. Manages network systems for LAN/WAN, telecommunications, and/or voice systems. May lead network security administration staff. Or, may oversee a staff responsible for the development, installation, and modification of computer operating systems.
  3. Field Service Engineer. Median pay -- $74,900. Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and six to eight years of experience in the field or in a related area.
  4. Logistics/OPS Manager. Median pay -- $82,500. Manages and directs an organization's operational policies, objectives, and initiatives. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures.
  5. Senior Trainer/ Training Manager. Median pay -- $83,500. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. May lead and direct the work of others. May report directly to an executive or head of a unit/department.
These jobs pay well, and give servicemembers a chance to show their skills, but many retirees look for jobs that offer other perks in addition to a healthy income. "Today, workers look at a broader financial picture -- placing greater emphasis on health benefits and vacation time than ever before..." says Bill Coleman, senior vice president of compensation at, in a press release. "... [Job seekers] often prioritiz[e] non-financial goals reflecting a true 'total rewards' perspective." The most sought after workplace rewards for former servicemembers are:
  1. Passion for work
  2. Promotion and advancement opportunities
  3. Skill enhancement (on the job experience)
  4. Flexible schedule (manager own time)
  5. Mental Stimulation and challenge
"Passion is the new king," says Meredith Hanrahan, chief marketing officer of, in a press release. "The majority of 'second-acters' aren't willing to make the critical trade-offs for just any job. People want their contribution to matter; they want a passion payoff. It's not optional; it's the new requirement." Hanrahan adds. The new world of work is ready to accept the knowledge, skills and passion former servicemembers have to offer. If you're retiring from the service and ready to find your dream job, search's Job board for career opportunities, or visit the Veteran Jobs page for more career advice.
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