Best Jobs for Vets with PTSD

Jan 23, 2018

Vets with PTSD may need to pursue careers that utilize aspects of their military training while also being less likely to trigger a flashback. Explore what makes some jobs better than others for these vets, find out about their median salaries and job duties.

Good jobs for vets with PTSD usually provide a way for the veteran to work alone and/or in a quiet, laid-back environment so as to not trigger a flashback. The best jobs for these veterans provide this type of environment, as well as higher pay and/or are expected to have positive job growth in the future. Explore some of the best jobs for vets with PTSD.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Animal Trainers $27,690 11% Patience and discipline
Software Developers $102,280 24% Information technology skills, problem solving skills
Market Research Analysts $62,560 23% Attention to detail, critical thinking
Librarians $57,680 9% Organizational skills
Accountants and Auditors $68,150 10% Organizational skills and attention to detail
Writers and Authors $61,240 8% Organizational skills and ability to be thorough

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Career Options for Vets with PTSD

The military provides veterans with a wide range of skill sets, as well as various character traits that are applicable to many different careers. Among these are organizational skills, attention to detail, patience and discipline, all of which can be utilized by jobs in business, the liberal arts and other fields. Some of the best jobs for those with PTSD, discussed below, take advantage of these traits and also provide the right environment for those living with the condition.

Animal Trainers

Although the BLS only reported a median salary of $27,690 for animal trainers in 2016, these professionals are expected to have faster-than-average job growth. Veterans with PTSD may enjoy working with animals over people and find the experience almost therapeutic. Animal trainers usually work individually with horses, marine mammals, dogs or other animals to prepare them for performances, like movie shoots and competitions, or to complete specific jobs, such as those performed by service animals. Those with a military background can also apply their patience and discipline as they slowly repeat voice or hand signals to the animal and train them to respond to each signal with a specific action.

Software Developers

Vets with PTSD may like working independently and even from home as a software developer. They can also apply their problem solving skills and IT training they gained in the military as they create various computer programs, typically as an applications software developer or a systems software developer. Applications software developers create different computer applications, like databases and word processors, while systems software developers create the systems and frameworks that keep networks up and running. Both kinds of developers must thoroughly test their products and maintain records of the product for future upgrades and adjustments.

Market Research Analysts

Market research analysts may work alone or as part of a team in a fairly quiet environment as they perform their research, which may appeal to vets with PTSD. Vets may excel in this profession using their training in noticing details and applying critical thinking skills in complex situations. Market research analysts analyze extensive data concerning sales and marketing trends. They take this data, as well as information collected from surveys and other sources, to better understand consumers and what kind of products they want at what price, which also allows them to try and predict future sales.


Being a librarian could be an ideal job for vets with PTSD, as librarians work in quiet environments. Veterans can apply their organizational skills to maintaining various resources in the library. Librarians also help visitors perform research and find the information that they need and may help develop programs for kids and other visitors to the library. They may be asked to research and help select new equipment, technology, books and materials for the library.

Accountants and Auditors

Vets with PTSD could work independently in quiet office environments as accountants and auditors. Accountants and auditors may work with individuals or organizations to prepare their taxes and check financial records for accuracy, which takes an eye for detail and organizational skills that those in the military have. These professionals must understand current financial laws and regulations to make sure that individuals and organizations are not violating the law. For larger organizations, accountants and auditors may be able to make suggestions about ways to improve operations and profits based on the financial records they examine.

Writers and Authors

Working independently from home as a writer or author may be a great option for vets with PTSD. While working in a safe, familiar environment, veterans can utilize their ability to be thorough and their organizational skills from the military in their writing. Writers and authors need to be thorough in their research on the particular subject of their writing so they can better portray their message to readers. They can write about any number of subjects in books, articles, blogs, scripts or even advertisements. Writers and authors usually need to submit drafts of their work to an editor to have an extra set of eyes check their text for any errors prior to publication.

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