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SHARE’s Veterans Network has released this year’s Great Jobs for Military Veterans in 2016, based on U.S. Department of Labor Statistics and VA reports. Although the job market has improved overall in the United States, CareerCast credits new programs by government agencies such as the USDA, nonprofit organizations like Hiring Our Heroes, and initiatives like the White House’s Joining Forces Program with decreasing the veteran unemployment rate. Read below for a description from CareerCast and median starting salary for each career from


Financial Adviser. Median Starting Annual Salary: $56,928

“Three of the top 10 best employers according to Military Times are in the financial sector. A career in financial advisement is a great way for veterans to help active servicemen and women, as well as other veterans manage their money.”


Human Resources Manager. Median Starting Annual Salary: $61,639

“As more organizations reach out to the veteran community, having human resources managers with firsthand expertise in the process of veteran recruitment is a must.Information security analyst. Veterans with experience in online security will find that such skills are in high demand.”


Information Security Analyst. Median Starting Annual Salary: $71,022

“The Wounded Warrior Combat Academy is leading the way in training for veterans to apply their skills directly to careers in information security.”


Interpreter/Translator. Median Starting Hourly Wage: $20 (Approximately $40k/year)

“Time spent aboard provides unique, on-the-job training for the rapidly growing field of interpreter/translator.”


Management Consultant. Median Starting Annual Salary: $86,181

“As more business allocate a higher percentage of resources on veteran hiring and training, having firsthand insight in a managerial position is important. A management consultant can offer best practices for both training and oversight.”


Physical Therapist. Median Starting Annual Salary: $66,960

“The VA employs over 1,500 physical therapists, making this fast-growing career one in which veterans can give back. It’s also a great paying career, with a national median wage of $82,390, per the BLS.”


Registered Nurse. Median Starting Hourly Wage: $27 (Approximately $54k/year)

Experience gained in service can be applied to nursing certification in some states, which makes registered nurse a high-growth, well-paying option for veterans immediately following their service.”


Network and Systems Administrator. Median Starting Annual Salary: $58,935

“Growing emphasis on tech training within branches of the military provide invaluable, on-the-job experience that can be applied to a booming field after service.”


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Chris Fox is a Project Coordinator at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he recently graduated with an MPA. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), where his focus was on homegrown violent extremism. He also holds a BA in Psychology and an AAS in Information Systems Management. Chris served for seven years as a TACP, is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and continues to serve as a JTAC Instructor in the Texas Air National Guard.