A significant number of veterans are moving into tech related jobs once they transition into the civilian world. An infographic from PayScale.com below proves this notion as well as provides other relevant data when it comes to technology jobs for veterans.
Top Tech Jobs for Veterans
Based on the infographic, here are the top 10 tech jobs for vets:
Not to be confused with a project manager (which is also listed below), a program manager is responsible for more projects than the latter, which is often just assigned a specific project or task to complete.
Like all consultants, an IT consultant is often not directly employed by a company and is hired only on a per need basis.
Business Development Manager
Management skills is quite common among veterans, hence, they can easily fit into any manager related roles.
Not the same as an engineer; an analyst can be considered the problem solver by using computer systems and tools.
A systems engineer involves tasks beyond what an analyst does. The job description combines a knowledge in computer science, engineering and mathematical analysis.
Network Engineer, IT
Unlike network administrators (jump to section below), engineers are assigned more high level design and planning tasks.
Field Service Engineer
Responsibilities include preventive maintenance as well as repairs. Employment options may even include international companies based overseas.
Writing, along with other skills applicable online are in demand for home based or freelance work.
All networks are often included – LAN (local area), WAN (wireless) and even VPN (virtual private network).
HVAC Service Technician
Servicing heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are but common for active duty military personnels; hence, it’s an easy option for a job when transitioning into civilian life.
More Technology Jobs for Veterans
Other promising data driven careers for vets based a list from Military.com include the following:
Data scientists extract data using various sources.
Also called system architect, solution architects work with system analysts and design architects to make functional architecture for computers, software and more.
Mobile development (iOS or Android) is a fast rising industry.
See product manager section above
Software Development Manager
Software development skills may not be required but it does help to understand how it works in order to effectively manage a team.
Quality Assurance Manager
As mentioned earlier, military skills often include leadership; hence, management (including managing QAs) is one of the most common paths for veterans looking for work in the civilian world.
User experience in mobile apps and websites is as important as the content and design.
It’s a high level version of solution architects. Software architects often dictate industry standards in computer software, tools and more.
Top Tech Skills
Top tech related skills of veterans include computer security, SQL (Microsoft SQL server), electronic troubleshooting, security risk management, Cisco networking, and program management.
Tech Companies Hiring Veterans
Tech companies which are actively hiring veterans or offer related programs include Microsoft, Google, Verizon, Home Depot, J.P. Morgan Chase, Honeywell, Southwest Airlines, General Dynamics, Bechtel and more.
You can refer to USTechVets.org for technology related jobs. The site connects both potential employers and transitioning military personnel as well as their families. See www.ustechvets.org.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on a list of job listing websites and resources for veterans.
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