Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans 2018

From Operations to Security, these are the top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans in 2018. By Dan Fazio

Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans 2018

Each year we ask the Military Friendly® Employers to list the top 10 jobs they are recruiting veterans for. The 2018 class has spoken. We crunched the data, mashed it up and present you this year’s Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans.

These are the 25 jobs that are most in demand with the 237 Military Friendly® Employers, organizations that span just about every industry. These employers have proven they go above and beyond in recruiting, hiring, onboarding and retaining military and veterans.

On the following pages, you’ll find a summary of each position, the annual median salary, job growth projections and similar job titles employers might use. Salary and job growth information was provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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1. Operations Manager

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Operations Manager
What They Do: Back by popular demand after topping the charts in 2017, operations managers are still highly valued by Military Friendly® Employers. Your specific duties and responsibilities will vary depending on the organization and industry, but operations managers are all about efficiency and improving operations. They coordinate between departments to ensure smooth production of goods or services.
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $99,310*

Why It’s Hot: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 5-9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: You’ll likely need a bachelor’s degree and leadership experience, but requirements will vary depending on the position, organization and industry. Military operational and leadership experience is a big plus.

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2. Customer Service Representative

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Customer Service Representative

What They Do: Customer service representatives are the face of the organization, talking with customers and providing information about products and services. Since they also handle complaints, good listening, communication and problem-solving skills are a must.
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $32,300*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 5-9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: High school diploma and on-the-job training. Good communications and computer skills are definitely required for this job. While not a lucrative career at entry level, motivated veterans often excel in this environment and quickly rise to supervisory roles.

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3. Computer Information Systems Manager

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Computer Information Systems Manager

 

What They Do: These managers oversee the computer activities of a company or organization, identifying what technology it needs to operate efficiently and accomplish its goals. This requires them to keep up with the latest advances in computer technology.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Manager Technical Services Manager
  • Information Systems Director
  • Information Systems Manager
  • IT Director
  • Chief Technology Officer

Median Annual Salary: $135,800*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 10-14% job growth through 2026 – faster than average.

What You’ll Need: Most organizations prefer at least a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, as well as experience. Many also have a graduate degree.

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4. Accountant/Auditor

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Acountant/Auditor

 

What They Do: It may not be the sexiest career, but these financial experts play a critical role in any organization. Anyone see the movie “Midnight Run”?  These pros track the flow of money, analyze financial records, pay taxes and bills accurately and on time, and prepare financial statements.
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $68,150*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 10-14% job growth through 2026, faster than the average.

What You’ll Need: You’ll need a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a great career move.

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5. First-line Supervisor:

Mechanics, Installers & Repairers

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Mechanic Installer

 

What They Do: The title is enough to plug a howitzer, but these experienced mechanics are in charge of other mechanics and technicians for a variety of employers. Industries vary just as widely, from large retailers who need to maintain fleets of vehicles to the more obvious transportation companies.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Maintenance Manager
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Crew Leader
  • Superintendent
  • Facilities Manager
  • Production Crew Supervisor
  • Maintenance Foreman

Median Annual Salary: $63,540*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 5-9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: You’ll need a high school diploma or GED and related experience. If you’re transferring your military training and experience, you should be at the front of the line.

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6. Computer Systems Analyst

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Computer Systems Analyst

 

What They Do: Computer systems analysts study an organization’s computer system and figure out ways to improve it for more efficient operations. They blend business and information technology for best results.
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $87,220*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 5-9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: Many employers require a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, but not all. If you have skills, experience and a different degree, that may get your foot in the door.

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7. Software Applications Developer

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Web Application Developer

 

What They Do:  They develop, fix or improve the computer programs that allow users to do specific tasks, including those cool apps on your phone. They also develop apps for tablets, laptops, desktop computers and other electronic devices.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Application Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Development Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Application Integration Engineer

Median Annual Salary: $102,280*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 24% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: Most employers will require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, strong computer programming skills and experience.

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8. First-line Supervisor:

Office & Administrative Workers

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Office Administrative Worker

 

What They Do: This one is pretty self-explanatory. These supervisors oversee clerical and administrative support workers. Most companies with more than a handful of employees need someone to run the office.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Office Manager
  • Office Supervisor
  • Office Coordinator
  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounts Payable Supervisor
  • Administrative Supervisor
  • Customer Service Manager

Median Annual Salary: $54,340*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 2-4% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: Many employers will require an associate or bachelor’s degree (45% in this position have bachelor’s degrees),
along with experience.

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9. Cyber Security Analyst

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Cyber Security Analyst

 

What They Do:  Cyber security experts determine ways to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. They’re always on patrol, trying to stay one step ahead of cyber invaders with nefarious intentions. These specialists are in big-time demand in every nook and cranny, from government to private sector companies. Demand is only expected to increase.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • 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

Median Annual Salary: $92,600*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 28% job growth through 2026. Now THAT’S job security.

What You’ll Need: Many employers require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. However, military training and experience in this field will likely get you a call back.

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10. Sales Account Representative

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Sales Representative

 

What They Do: They sell products or services to consumers, businesses, government agencies and other organizations. Sales is a true meritocracy. Motivation and performance will move you up the ladder.
Hot Jobs Titles:  

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

Median Annual Salary: Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical/Scientific Products: $78,980*
Wholesale and Manufacturing (except technical devices): $57,140*

Services/Others: $52,490*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 5-14% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: High school diploma or GED. Some employers look for sales experience. Many will train you. Simply bring your military motivation, mission-focus and discipline.

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11. Human Resources Manager

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Human Resources Manager

 

What They Do:  Human resources managers direct an organization’s recruiting, hiring and administrative functions, including the administration of benefits. They’re the glue between management and employees.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Director of Human Resources
  • Human Resources Director
  • Employee Benefits Manager
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Vice President

Median Annual Salary: $106,910*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: A bachelor’s degree will work for many employers, although some may look for candidates with a master’s degree.

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12. Software Systems Developer

Hot Jobs for Veterans

 

What They Do:  Software developers who create the apps that allow us to do specific tasks on our phones or other devices were discussed higher on the list. Software systems developers work with the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. They’re part computer scientist, part engineer, and part mathematical analyst.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Developer 
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Publishing Systems Analyst
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Systems Coordinator
  • Systems Engineer

Median Annual Salary: $106,860*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 10-14% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: You’ll probably need a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong programming skills.

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13. Electrician

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Electrician

 

What They Do:  Electricians install, fix and maintain electrical wiring, equipment, fixtures and systems in homes, businesses and factories.
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $52,720*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: If you don’t have military training in this field, you’ll need to consider a vocational school or apprenticeship. Most states require a license before you can work as an electrician.

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14. First-line Supervisor:

Transportation, Material-Moving & Vehicle Operators

Hot Jobs for Veterans

 

What They Do:  Another long title with broad application. These bosses supervise workers who move people and goods. That may be in a warehouse, with a railroad or for a trucking company.
Other Titles:

  • Dock Supervisor
  • Driver Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • On Car Supervisor
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Street Supervisor
  • Supervisor
  • Trainmaster
  • Transportation Supervisor
  • Warehouse Supervisor

Median Annual Salary: $57,270*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 5-9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: High school diploma or equivalent, and experience. Military experience moving personnel and supplies? You’re golden.

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15. CDL Driver/Operator

Truck Driving Jobs for Veterans

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What They Do:  This career is guaranteed to be on every Hot Jobs for Veterans list. Why? Because there is a steady need for professional truck, bus and heavy equipment drivers as an aging workforce and tighter regulations take their toll.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • 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

Median Annual Salary: $41,340*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 6% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: High school diploma or GED, plus a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). If you want to drive the big rigs, you’ll need a Class A CDL.

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16. Automotive Technician/Mechanic

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Auto Mechanic

 

What They Do:  Moving up two spots on this year’s list, mechanics are still in demand by the Military Friendly® Employers. Some call them technicians, but regardless of the title they troubleshoot, fix, inspect and maintain cars and light trucks.
Hot Job Titles:

  • Auto Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician
  • Master Automotive Technician
  • Master Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Shop Foreman
  • Truck Technician

Median Annual Salary: $38,470*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 6% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: Most employers prefer mechanics with formal training, be it military training or a post-secondary program. Industry certification is typically required.

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17. Computer Hardware Engineer

Hot Jobs for Veterans

 

What They Do:  Another computer-related career – the sixth such job on this year’s list.  These professionals research, design, develop, test and update computer hardware. They are engineers who are responsible for advances in computer systems.
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $115,080*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 5% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.

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18. First-line Supervisor:

Construction & Trade Workers

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Construction Workers

 

What They Do:  Dropping a spot to #18 this year, they still supervise construction or extraction workers. This includes workers in residential and commercial construction, bridge and utility construction, chemical manufacturing, and oil and gas extraction.
Hot Job Titles:

  • Construction Foreman
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Field Supervisor
  • Foreman
  • Job Superintendent
  • Project Superintendent
  • Site Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Supervisor

Median Annual Salary: $62,980*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 10-14% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: A growing number of colleges and universities offer programs in construction management. However, the BLS shows that 39% of those employed in this occupation have a high school diploma, and 33% have some college but no degree. They likely learned through apprenticeships, on-the-job training and experience.

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19. Welder

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Welder

 

What They Do:  The BLS calls them “welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers,” but we’re trying to spare some trees so we just call them welders. The job is the same: Use hand-held equipment to join or cut metal parts, or fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products. Some even work underwater!
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $39,390*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 6% growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: High school diploma or GED, plus technical and on-the-job training. If this wasn’t your military occupation but you want to switch gears, you can use your GI Bill to get trained at a community college or vocational school.

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20. Diesel Engine Specialist

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Diesel Engine Specialist

 

What They Do:  They maintain, diagnose, repair and overhaul any kind of diesel engine, including those used in buses, trucks, cars, boats, ships and locomotives.
Hot Job Titles:

  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diesel Technician
  • Fleet Mechanic
  • General Repair Mechanic
  • Bus Mechanic
  • Service Technician
  • Trailer Mechanic
  • Transit Mechanic
  • Truck Mechanic

Median Annual Salary: $45,170*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 9% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: If you have military training and experience with diesel engines, a Military Friendly® Employer will likely hire you. If that wasn’t your MOC, employers today prefer candidates who have graduated from a formal training program at community colleges and vocational schools. Certifications may be required.

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21. Aircraft/Aviation Technician

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Aircraft Aviation Technician

 

What They Do:  They keep aircraft flying by maintaining, diagnosing, fixing or overhauling aircraft engines and assemblies like hydraulic and pneumatic systems. You definitely want someone who knows what they’re doing working on your aircraft.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech)
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aircraft Restorer
  • Aircraft Technician
  • Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT)
  • Aviation Mechanic
  • Helicopter Mechanic
  • Aircraft Maintenance Director
  • Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor

Median Annual Salary: $60,270*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 5% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: If you’re military trained in this vocation, you should have no problem landing a job with a Military Friendly® Employer. If not, you’ll need a mechanic’s certificate or a repairman’s certificate with appropriate rating from the FAA. Ultimately, you’ll want a mechanic’s certificate with airframe rating, power plant rating or airframe and power plant ratings (A&P).

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22. Web Developer

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Web Developer

 

What They Do:  Web developers build and modify websites. They’re responsible for how the website looks, how it performs, how user-friendly it is, and how much traffic it can handle.
Hot Job Titles:

  • Web Designer
  • Webmaster

Median Annual Salary: $66,130*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 27% (!) growth between 2014 through 2024.

What You’ll Need: You can teach yourself to code, or you can go to a code school. You can also earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in web programming or a related field. You’ll need to know both programming and design.

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23. Sales: Financial Services

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Sales Financial Services

 

What They Do:  These professionals buy and sell financial services such as securities or commodities in investment and trading firms. They may provide financial services to businesses and individuals, advising customers about stocks, bonds, mutual funds, commodities and market conditions.
Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $67,310*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 6% growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: You’ll need a bachelor’s degree to get started in this career, and an MBA will help you advance.

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24. Construction Technician

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Construction Technician

 

What They Do:  New to the list this year, construction technicians are part civil engineer and part construction manager. They work in a variety of constructions environments. Duties may include cost estimating, project management, project scheduling and inspection.
Hot Job Titles:

  • Engineering Technician
  • Construction Inspector

Median Annual Salary: $58,480*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 18% growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: Some construction technicians work their way up through on-the-job training. Others earn associate or bachelor’s degrees in construction technology.

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25. Security Systems Technician

Hot Jobs for Veterans - Security Systems Technician

 

What They Do:  These technicians install, program, repair and maintain security or fire alarm wiring and equipment, ensuring they comply with relevant codes.
Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Security Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Installation Technician
  • Security Installation Technician
  • Security Installer
  • Alarm Technician

Median Annual Salary: $44,330*

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 10-14% growth through 2026.
What You’ll Need: If you don’t have military training and experience in this area, you may need training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience or an associate degree.

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*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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