What’s better than a list of the top companies and organizations that do the most to help America’s veterans succeed? How about the top jobs that the top companies recruit veterans for?

Military Friendly® has you covered. Each year the team at Military Friendly® drills down deep to find out which employers are Better for Veterans, that is, which organizations do the best job of recruiting, hiring, onboarding and retaining military and veterans. The result is the annual Military Friendly® Employers list, which we published in the December issue of G.I. Jobs. If you missed it, check out the digital version .

The Military Friendly® team doesn’t stop there. They ask the Military Friendly® Employers to list the top jobs they recruit veterans for. The result is the 2019 Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans. On the following pages, you’ll find a brief job description, median annual salary, education/training requirements and job growth projections from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Your mission in transitioning from the military is to figure out what you’d love to do as a civilian, then reverse engineer and determine what you need to pursue that career. The Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans is an excellent starting point.

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1. Operations Manager

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What They Do: Considering this position has captured the top spot for three consecutive years, it’s safe to say this job is smokin’ hot! Operations managers continue to be in big demand. While duties and responsibilities vary depending on the organization and industry, operations managers focus on efficiency and improving operations. They coordinate between departments to ensure the 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:  $100,410

Why It’s Hot: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 5-9% job growth through 2026. Even better: The 226 Military Friendly® Employers for 2019 rated it their top job!

What You’ll Need: You’ll probably need a bachelor’s degree, but requirements vary. Equivalent military operational and leadership experience may get you hired even without a degree.

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2. Customer Service Representative

customer service representative

What They Do: Customer service reps are on the front lines of many organizations. They field calls and emails or chat online with customers to answer questions, provide information about products and services, and handle complaints.

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: $32,890

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

What You’ll Need: High school diploma and on-the-job training. Good communications and computer skills are required for this job. You won’t get rich at the entry level, but motivated veterans can excel and quickly rise to supervisory roles.

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3. Computer Information Systems Manager

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What They Do: They’re in charge of an organization’s computer systems – a huge responsibility in today’s technology-driven world. Computer information systems managers determine what technology the company needs to accomplish its goals, then direct the implementation and maintenance of computer hardware and software.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $139,220

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 of these leaders also have a graduate degree.

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4. Accountant/Auditor

accountant and auditor gi jobs

What They Do: These professionals are critical to the success of any organization, regardless of size or industry. They track the flow of money, analyze financial records, pay taxes and bills accurately and on time, and prepare financial statements. They assess financial operations and help ensure the organization runs efficiently.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $69,350

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 10% job growth through 2026, faster than 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. Computer Systems Analyst

a picture of a computer systems analyst

What They Do: Computer systems analysts study an organization’s computer systems and procedures so they can find ways to improve them 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: $88,270

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 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 you in the door.

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6. Software Application Developer

a meeting of software application developers

What They Do: Software applications developers create, fix or improve the computer programs that allow users to do specific tasks, including all those 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: $103,560

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 24% job growth through 2026, much faster than average.

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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7. Sales Account Representative

a group of sales account representatives together meeting

What They Do: This career moves up three positions from the 2018 list. Sales reps sell products or services to consumers, businesses, government agencies and other organizations. Sales is a genuine meritocracy, where you can move up the ladder based on motivation and performance. Salaries vary widely depending on what you are selling.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical/Scientific Products: $78,830

Wholesale and Manufacturing (except technical devices): $56,970

Services/Others: $52,510

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 3% job growth through 2026.

What You’ll Need: High school diploma or GED. Some employers look for sales experience. Many will train you. If you bring your military motivation, mission-focus and discipline, you have a better-than-average chance of succeeding in this field.

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8. First-Line Supervisor: Mechanics, Installers & Repairers

a group of mechanics

What They Do: They’re experienced mechanics who supervise other mechanics and technicians for a variety of employers in many different industries – from large retailers who need to maintain fleets of vehicles (think Walmart) 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: $103,560

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 training and experience. If you’re transferring military training and experience, you should be at the front of the line.

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9. Cyber Security Analyst

a cyber security analyst at work

What They Do: The critical need for cyber security experts continues to grow. These specialists protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. With the threats from hacking more prevalent than ever, cyber troopers must be at the top of their game.

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: $95,510

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 28% job growth through 2026, much faster than the average.

What You’ll Need: Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Military training and real-world experience in this field, however, will likely get you noticed by a Military Friendly® Employer.

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10. First-Line Supervisor: Office & Administrative Workers

office administrative worker having a meeting

What They Do: No mystery here. Often called an office manager, they supervise and coordinate clerical and administrative support workers. Most companies with more than a handful of employees need someone to run the office. Veterans’ leadership skills make them excellent candidates.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $55,060

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

What You’ll Need: Certification or an associate degree and experience are typically required. Some employers may require a bachelor’s degree.

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11. Human Resource Manager

human resources manager meeting

What They Do: Human resources managers direct an organization’s recruiting, hiring and the administration of benefits. They’re the link between management and employees, and are found in companies large and small.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $110,120

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

What You’ll Need: Most employers will require a bachelor’s degree and experience. Some will require an advanced degree.

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12. Software Systems Developer

software systems developer working on a compter

What They Do: Software systems developers create the underlying systems that run devices like smart phones or control computer networks. They’re the creative geniuses behind computer programs.

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: $103,560

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 24% job growth through 2026, much faster than average.

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

electrician hard at work

What They Do: Electricians install, fix and maintain electrical wiring, equipment, fixtures and systems in homes, businesses and factories. They work both indoors and outdoors in nearly every kind of facility.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $54,110

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

What You’ll Need: Electricians are trained through an apprenticeship, technical school or the military. Most states require an electrician to pass a test and be licensed before they can work.

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14. First-Line Supervisor: Transportation, Material – Moving & Vehicle Operators

vehicle operator management working together

What They Do:  These supervisors manage workers who move people and goods. It could be in a warehouse, with a railroad, for a trucking company, or working on the loading docks.

Hot Jobs 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: No college degree required for this position. Experience is king. If you moved personnel and supplies in the military, you may have the experience necessary for this field.

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15. Computer Hardware Engineer

computer hardware engineer working on a project

What They Do: These professionals design and build computer systems and components. They’re at the forefront of the fast-developing technology world.

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: $115,120

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

What You’ll Need: You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.

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16. CDL Driver/Operator

driver operator meeting in the open

What They Do:  There’s been a shortage of truck drivers for years, and despite record pay increases in 2018, the shortage persists. It’s not for everybody, but if you like the independence of the open road there are plenty of opportunities out there.

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: $42,480

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

What You’ll Need: You’ll need a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and if you want to drive the big rigs, you’ll need a Class A CDL.

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17. Web Developer

web developer hard at work

What They Do: Web developers design, build and modify websites. They’re responsible for how the website looks, and how it works.

Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Designer
  • Web Design Specialist
  • Web Designer
  • Webmaster

Median Annual Salary: $67,990

Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 15% through 2026, much faster than the average.

What You’ll Need: Requirements vary, but web developers should know both computer programming and graphic design.

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18. Aircraft/Aviation Technician

aircraft aviation technician at work

What They Do:  They keep the birds in the air. These maintenance specialists maintain, service, fix and overhaul aircraft components and systems.

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: $61,260

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

What You’ll Need: Aircraft technicians are certified by the FAA. Military aviation maintenance technicians can apply for the airframe and powerplant (A&P) certification based on his or her military experience and qualifications.

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19. First-Line Supervisor: Construction & Trade Workers

construction trade workers

What They Do: Construction supervisors plan, organize and oversee projects. They coordinate and direct the activities of the workers on the site.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $64,070

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

What You’ll Need: Some colleges and universities offer programs in construction management. However, government data shows that 39% of those employed in this occupation have only a high school diploma, and 33% have some college but no degree. Most learn through apprenticeships, on-the-job training and experience.

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20. Automotive Technician/Mechanic

What They Do:  They troubleshoot, fix, inspect and maintain cars and light trucks.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $39,550

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

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

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21. Diesel Engine Specialist

diesel engine specialist

What They Do: These experts maintain, diagnose, repair and overhaul diesel engines used in buses, trucks, cars, boats, ships and locomotives.

Hot Jobs Titles:

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

Median Annual Salary: $46,360

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

What You’ll Need: If you have military training and experience working on diesel engines, you have an edge with Military Friendly® Employers. If not, you’ll want to consider a formal training program at a community college or vocational school. Certifications may be required.

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22. Welder

a welder working on some material

What They Do:  Welders apply heat to permanently join two pieces of metal together. Welders work in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, aerospace, shipbuilding and many more. 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: $40,240

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

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

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23. Marketing Manager

marketing meeting

What They Do: The duties of a marketing manager will vary widely depending on the size of the organization, but they typically plan and direct marketing programs, policies and strategies for a business or a product (or products).

Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Brand Manager
  • Business Development Director
  • Business Development Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Product Manager

Median Annual Salary: $132,230

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

What You’ll Need: You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and experience.

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24. Construction Technician

construction technician jobs for veterans

What They Do:  In general construction, technicians often serve as assistants to skilled tradesmen, performing tasks at construction sites. Other technicians may specialize, such as engineering construction technicians.

Hot Jobs Titles:

  • Engineering Technician
  • Construction Inspector
  • Construction Worker
  • Construction Helper

Median Annual Salary: $34,530

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

What You’ll Need: High school diploma. Construction technicians often learn on the job. Others earn associate or bachelor’s degrees in construction technology.

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25. Sales: Financial Service

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What They Do: As the name suggests, these professionals sell and consult on financial services such as banking, securities, insurance and related services to individuals or businesses.

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: $63,780

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

What You’ll Need: You’ll need a bachelor’s degree to get started, and an MBA to advance.

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