In many areas of the federal government veterans are in demand as employees. Below are five careers in departments that hire a large number of veterans.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Dental Assistants||$36,940||19%||Ability to work as a team member|
|Emergency Management Directors||$70,500||8%||First aid, fire suppression, and training for crisis situations|
|Detectives and Criminal Investigators||$78,120||5%||Experience with reconnaissance and prisoners|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$79,700||6%||Use of advanced communications technology and security protocols|
|Occupational Therapists||$81,910||24%||First aid and empathy for veterans|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Federal Government Careers for Infantry Veterans
Infantry veterans have served their country, and many may continue to do so through civilian careers in the federal government. Many departments support veterans through preferred hiring practices.
The Department of Defense hires many veterans, and because of their special relationship they offer veterans preference in hiring, which may benefit former infantry. As a large department they employ individuals in almost every field, including dentistry.
Dental assistants help dentists take care of patients. They set patients and tools in place in examination rooms, take X-rays, keep records, and help dentists with tools during procedures. They also advise patients on dental hygiene. Dental assistants require postsecondary education.
Emergency Management Directors
The Department of Homeland Security hires many people in emergency management to assist with disaster recovery in the event of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and other situations. Infantry veterans with their combat training may do well in this career.
Emergency management directors plan and execute disaster recovery efforts. Much of their work involves maintaining close contacts with their counterparts in other regions, to enhance coordination and cooperation when one region is struck with an emergency. They also interface with community leaders and other agencies in the region for disaster relief coordination. They take the lead when an emergency occurs. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
The Department of Justice hires many veterans. For those interested in a career as a criminal investigator, veterans may be entitled to hiring preferences.
Detectives and criminal investigators conduct investigations into suspected crimes. They operate at the federal, state, and local level. They may examine evidence and/or interview related parties, as well as conduct surveillance. While there are local departments that may hire detectives with a high school diploma, at the federal level a bachelor's degree is required as well as training within the department.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Among federal agencies, the Social Security Administration also hires many veterans. Due to high computer usage and the need for IT support, infantry veterans with communications or information technology experience may find this career a good fit.
Network and computer systems administrators manage and oversee their company or agency computers on an ongoing basis. They monitor systems to ensure they are working properly and recommend changes as needed. These professionals work with compatibility issues, as well as potential system failures. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
The Veterans Administration hires a large number of veterans. Many of them join the administration out of a desire to help other veterans who have served. Infantry veterans may find that this career allows them to do a tremendous amount of good for their fellow veterans, while also making the most of their own physical health and willingness to accept challenges.
Occupational therapists work with temporarily disabled or ill patients in order to help them recover their abilities, which may include the ability to walk, talk, or even to move their hands and arms. Through various exercises they work with patients to regain as much strength and mobility as possible. This career requires a master's degree.