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2018 Hot Degrees For Veterans

Finding your passion is the first step. Determining what education or training you need to get there is the next critical step. Use the 2018 Hot Degrees for Veterans to help chart your course.
By Tech Team

William Alexander Faulconer is transforming from mortarman to business man. The Army infantry veteran is poised in May 2018 to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel* in Charleston, S.C.

“Most infantrymen don’t think their skills translate well into civilian jobs, but business is probably the best-suited venture for an infantryman,” he says. “It relies on heavy management skills, and if you were an 11C like me, a lot of math!”

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Faulconer, 30, loves the versatility of a business degree. His goal is to become a consultant in finance or business, and he has his sights set on a dual law/MBA graduate program in Charleston.

Reverse Engineering

Faulconer figured what he wanted to do, then determined what education he needed to get there. Coming up with a solid plan is critical to post-military success. This generation of service members has access to excellent education benefits, and using them to their advantage can mean the difference between a dead-end civilian job and a career they love.

Every year we publish the Hot Degrees for Veterans list to help with this process. The list includes credentials like certifications and licenses for those whose career goals don’t require a four-year or advanced degree, or whose career might be enhanced by other credentials. The list is organized into four categories: bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, professional credentials and certificates. Each category includes 10 degrees, certificates or licenses with a description of the program from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Finding your passion is the first step. Determining what education or training you need to get there is the next critical step. Use the 2018 Hot Degrees for Veterans to help chart your course.

How We Determine the Hot Degrees for Veterans

Each year we ask the Military Friendly® Employers to identify the top 10 jobs they are recruiting veterans for. That data is used to compile the annual Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans list (If you missed this year’s list, visit GIJobs.com.)

Then we ask the Military Friendly® Employers to identify the top degrees and other credentials they look for when recruiting veterans for their top jobs. We use that data to compile the Hot Degrees for Veterans. Military Friendly® ratings are determined through the evaluation of public data and proprietary data gathered through the annual data-driven Military Friendly® survey process. Scoring is fully automated. For details, visit militaryfriendly.com/methodology.

Bachelor’s Degrees

If you’re transitioning from the military, chances are good that you have the Post-9/11 GI Bill at your disposal. At 100 percent eligibility, it pays the full cost of tuition and fees at a state-owned college or university for 36 months – long enough to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The bachelor’s degree can be a ticket to higher earnings and opportunities for advancement. A study by the College Board indicated that in 2015, the median annual earnings of a bachelor’s degree recipient with no advanced degree working full time was $24,600 (67%) higher than those of high school graduates.

The following list of bachelor’s degrees was identified by the 2018 Military Friendly® Employers as the top degrees they look for when recruiting veterans for the Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans. If you missed the Top 25 list, please visit GIJobs.com. For more information about the exhaustive algorithmic Military Friendly process, visit militaryfriendly.com/methodology.

Business Administration and Management, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization.

Related Hot Jobs

Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager (GM), Operations Director, Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent, Production Manager, Store Manager

Accounting

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to practice accounting and perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics.

Related Hot Jobs

Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, Accountant, Staff Accountant, Accounting Supervisor, Accounting Manager, Business Analyst, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Auditor, Budget Analyst

Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems and procedures.

Related Hot Jobs

Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, Information Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Technology Security Analyst

Operations Management and Supervision

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production and manufacturing.

Related Hot Jobs

Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, Operations Manager, Business Manager, Facilities Manager, General Manager (GM), Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent, Production Manager, Store Manager, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Logistics Analyst

Computer Science

What you’ll learn*

Program focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Technology (IT) Manager, Technical Services Manager, Information Systems Director, Information Systems Manager, IT Director, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Application Developer, Software Developer, Software Development Engineer, Software Architect, Application Integration Engineer, Software Engineer, Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer,

Finance, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to plan, manage and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions or other organizations.

Related Hot Jobs

Client Manager, Financial Consultant, Financial Services Representative, Financial Specialist, Investment Officer, Personal Banker, Registered Representative, Relationship Banker, Relationship Manager, Select Banker

Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations and to provide related services to individuals and groups.

Related Hot Jobs

Human Resources Manager, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Director, Employee Benefits Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources Vice President, Human Resources Specialist,

Computer Software Engineering

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems using a variety of computer languages.

Related Hot Jobs

Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Systems Coordinator, Systems Engineer, Application Developer, Software Development Engineer, Application Integration Engineer

Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply programming and systems analysis principles to the selection, implementation and troubleshooting of customized computer and software installations across the life cycle.

Related Hot Jobs

Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA)

Computer Hardware Engineering

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to design, develop and evaluate computer hardware and related peripheral equipment.

Related Hot Jobs

Design Engineer, Field Service Engineer, Hardware Design Engineer, Hardware Engineer, Network Engineer, Project Engineer, Senior Hardware Engineer, Systems Engineer, Systems Integration Engineer

Advanced Degrees

Earning an advanced degree can be a good long-term investment, depending on your career goal.

Research by the College Board indicates that those with a bachelor’s degree, on average, earn a median salary of $61,400 per year, while those with a master’s degree earn $75,200. Those with a doctoral degree earn a median salary of $100,100 per year, while those with a professional degree earn $110,900. It adds up over the course of a career, but earning an advanced degree takes time, effort and money if you’ve exhausted your military education benefits.

Consider your course carefully.

Accounting

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to practice accounting and perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics.

Related Hot Jobs

Accountant, Staff Accountant, Accounting Supervisor, Accounting Manager, Business Analyst, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Auditor, Budget Analyst, Financial Analyst,

Business Administration and Management, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization.

Related Hot Jobs

Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager (GM), Operations Director, Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent, Production Manager, Store Manager,

Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems and procedures.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Technology Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist,

Computer Science

What you’ll learn*

Program focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Technology (IT) Manager, Technical Services Manager, Information Systems Director, Information Systems Manager, IT Director, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA)

Computer Software Engineering

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems using a variety of computer languages.

Related Hot Jobs

Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Systems Coordinator, Systems Engineer, Application Developer, Software Development Engineer,

Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply programming and systems analysis principles to the selection, implementation and troubleshooting of customized computer and software installations across the life cycle.

Related Hot Jobs

Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA),

Finance, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to plan, manage and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions or other organizations.

Related Hot Jobs

Client Manager, Financial Consultant, Financial Services Representative, Financial Specialist, Investment Officer, Personal Banker, Registered Representative, Relationship Banker, Relationship Manager, Select Banker

Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations and to provide related services to individuals and groups.

Related Hot Jobs

Human Resources Manager, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Director, Employee Benefits Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources Vice President, Human Resources Specialist,

Law

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence.

Related Hot Jobs

Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Counsel, Associate Attorney, Attorney, Attorney at Law, City Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, General Counsel, Lawyer, Partner

Operations Management and Supervision

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production and manufacturing.

Related Hot Jobs

Operations Manager, Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager (GM), Operations Director, Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent, Production Manager, Store Manager, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Logistics Analyst

Professional Credentials


There are other credentials that can open doors or may be necessary for transitioning service members and veterans.

A professional credential is defined as a diploma, license, certificate or other document that proves an individual’s competency in a subject. If you earn a diploma or bachelor’s degree in nursing, it does not entitle you to practice as a nurse. You must earn a license from the state in which you want to practice.

However, if you want to drive a tractor-trailer, a Class A Commercial Driver’s License will get you behind the wheel. You can earn a CDL in a matter of weeks.

Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation

What you’ll learn*

This program prepares individuals to assist customers with inquiries and problems in frontline call centers, help desks, teleservice centers, and online.

Related Hot Jobs

Client Services Representative, Customer Service Specialist, Member Services Representative, Sales Facilitator, Account Representative, Account Manager, Customer Care Representative, Sales Facilitator

Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems and procedures.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Technology Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist,

Electrician

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls and electrical distribution panels.

Related Hot Jobs

Chief Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Inside Wireman, Journeyman Electrician, Journeyman Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician

Operations Management and Supervision

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production and manufacturing.

Related Hot Jobs

Operations Manager, Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager (GM), Operations Director, Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent, Production Manager, Store Manager, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Logistics Analyst

Computer Software Engineering

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems using a variety of computer languages.

Related Hot Jobs

Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Systems Coordinator, Systems Engineer, Application Developer, Software Development Engineer, Application Integration Engineer

Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply programming and systems analysis principles to the selection, implementation and troubleshooting of customized computer and software installations across the life cycle.

Related Hot Jobs

Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA)

Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups.

Related Hot Jobs

Human Resources Manager, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Director, Employee Benefits Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources Vice President, Human Resources Specialist

Selling Skills and Sales Operations

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to promote products and services to potential customers and to function as independent sales representatives and managers.

Related Hot Jobs

Account Executive, Account Manager, Sales Director, Sales Manager, Sales Representative, Account Development Manager, Inside Sales Representative, Sales Representative, Account Executive, Account Manager, Sales Director, Sales Manager, Sales Representative, Account Development Manager, Inside Sales Representative, Sales Representative, Account Executive, Account Manager, Sales Director, Sales Manager, Sales Representative, Account Development Manager, Inside Sales Representative, Sales Representative, Account Executive, Account Manager, Sales Director, Sales Manager, Sales Representative, Account Development Manager, Inside Sales Representative, Sales Representative, Account Executive, Account Manager, Sales Director, Sales Manager, Sales Representative, Account Development Manager, Inside Sales Representative, Sales Representative

Computer Science

What you’ll learn*

Program focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Technology (IT) Manager, Technical Services Manager, Information Systems Director, Information Systems Manager, IT Director, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA)

Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to drive trucks, buses, delivery vehicles and other commercial vehicles, or to instruct commercial vehicle operators.

Related Hot Jobs

Over the Road Driver (OTR Driver), Long-Haul Driver, Delivery Driver, Line Haul Driver, Log Truck Driver, Production Truck Driver, Road Driver, Semi Truck Driver, Tractor Trailer Operator, Truck Driver

Certificates


You may not want, or need, to spend two or four years in college earning a degree. You can get started in some career paths with appropriate certification.

The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification, for example, is the gold standard for IT security and can get you started down this career path. Certifications also can enhance a degree you already earned.

Certifications require far less time and money than degrees.

Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems and procedures.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Technology Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist

Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply programming and systems analysis principles to the selection, implementation and troubleshooting of customized computer and software installations across the life cycle.

Related Hot Jobs

Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA),

Electrician

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls and electrical distribution panels.

Related Hot Jobs

Chief Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Inside Wireman, Journeyman Electrician, Journeyman Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW Electrician)

Computer Software Engineering

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems using a variety of computer languages.

Related Hot Jobs

Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Systems Coordinator, Systems Engineer, Application Developer, Software Development Engineer, Application Integration Engineer

Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems and procedures.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Technology Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist

Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply programming and systems analysis principles to the selection, implementation and troubleshooting of customized computer and software installations across the life cycle.

Related Hot Jobs

Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA),

Electrician

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls and electrical distribution panels.

Related Hot Jobs

Chief Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Inside Wireman, Journeyman Electrician, Journeyman Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW Electrician)

Computer Software Engineering

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems using a variety of computer languages.

Related Hot Jobs

Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Systems Coordinator, Systems Engineer, Application Developer, Software Development Engineer, Application Integration Engineer

Operations Management and Supervision

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production and manufacturing.

Related Hot Jobs

Operations Manager, Business Manager, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager (GM), Operations Director, Plant Manager, Plant Superintendent, Production Manager, Store Manager, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Logistics Analyst,

Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation

What you’ll learn*

This program prepares individuals to assist customers with inquiries and problems in frontline call centers, help desks, teleservice centers, and online.

Related Hot Jobs

Client Services Representative, Customer Service Specialist, Member Services Representative, Sales Facilitator, Account Representative, Account Manager, Customer Care Representative, Sales Facilitator

Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups.

Related Hot Jobs

Human Resources Manager, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Director, Employee Benefits Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources Vice President, Human Resources Specialist

Computer Science

What you’ll learn*

Program focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective.

Related Hot Jobs

Information Technology (IT) Manager, Technical Services Manager, Information Systems Director, Information Systems Manager, IT Director, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Information Systems Analyst (ISA)

Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to repair and maintain industrial machinery and equipment such as cranes, pumps, engines and motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, production machinery, marine deck machinery, and steam propulsion, refinery and pipeline-distribution systems.

Related Hot Jobs

Fixer, Industrial Machinery Mechanic, Industrial Mechanic, Loom Fixer, Machine Adjuster, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Master Mechanic, Mechanic, Overhauler

Welding Technology

What you’ll learn*

Program prepares individuals to join or cut metal surfaces. Includes instruction in arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.

Related Hot Jobs

Welder-Fitter, Welder/Fabricator, Aluminum Welder, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Fitter/Welder, Maintenance Welder, MiG Welder, Sub Arc Operator

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