From diagnosing and treating patients in high-pressure situations to working with complex medical technology, former military healthcare workers are uniquely equipped to care for others. While these skills make an incredible asset to the civilian medical field, at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it takes on even more meaning. VA has careers, tied to specialized skillsets, where former military healthcare workers can heal and care for fellow Veterans.
People trained in the healthcare field are in high demand all across the country. But VA understands Veterans perhaps better than any other employer. It’s why VA goes beyond offering premium-paid health insurance and robust retirement plans. Veterans employed by VA enjoy education support through Veteran-focused scholarships, professional development opportunities and special accommodations to make the workplace fully accessible.
These six VA healthcare jobs are perfect for former military members.
After active duty, it may be difficult to find a civilian healthcare position that allows you to apply military training without additional licenses and credentials. But through VA’s ICT program, former military medics and corpsmen can work as healthcare providers at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and continue their medical training, skills and career.
Although emergency room positions are highest in demand, ICTs are also needed in mental health, geriatrics, primary care and surgical services.
Professionals working as Health Technicians at VA provide diagnostic support duties and medical assistance to VAMCs and specialty clinics. In an emergency setting, many of the duties performed by this role mirror that of a paramedic and align closely with the experiences of military corpsmen.
Nurses play a crucial role at VA. They work across disciplines and treatment settings with a medical team to provide integrated care for Veterans under their watch. Day in and day out, they make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families through their patience, empathy and care.
Nurses can start a post-military career at VA as a Nursing Assistant and take advantage of the special education support programs VA offers to earn the degrees and certifications necessary to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Registered Nurse.
Physician assistants provide primary care and preventative care as part of a medical team that includes nurses, physicians and surgeons. A physician assistant examines patients, offers diagnoses of conditions and provides treatment for Veterans at VA under the supervision of a physician.
With access to cutting-edge technology and pioneering research opportunities, physicians at VA lead the charge in Veteran care. Their work includes primary care services and specialty medicine. Physicians at VA are given great latitude to develop solutions that improve patient outcomes. Physicians have special insight into VA’s patients and can thrive in this environment.
At VA, physical therapists make a huge impact in Veterans’ quality of life. They increase mobility, reduce pain and restore independence through physical rehabilitation, wellness plans and fitness programs. Physical therapists help Veterans understand their injuries so they can enjoy mobility benefits, long-term health and a high quality of life.
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A VA career offers you the chance to start your next mission serving and caring for fellow Veterans. See if a career with VA is right for you.
- LEARN about post-military VA careers in the transitioning military flyer (pdf).
- EXPLORE how to transition to a VA career.
- SEARCH VA careers at VAcareers.va.gov.
- REACH a recruiter at VAcareers@va.gov.
This article originally appeared on VA.gov