Government Jobs for Disabled Veterans

Jun 06, 2018

There are many unique jobs that are a great fit for veterans with disabilities. For veterans with a variety of disabilities who wish to continue their service within the government, there are many options for new government careers that have transferable skills they used in the military.

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There are many options to continue to serve within federal, state, or local governments even after discontinuing military service. If the job-seeker has a disability, that does not disqualify them from having gainful employment, as some positions may even be exclusive or highly prioritized to disabled veterans due to the Veterans' Preference system. Take a look at just some of the possible jobs a veteran with disabilities could have:

Job Title Median Salary (2017)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Accountant and Auditor $69,350 10% Technical Skills, Problem-Solving Skills
Computer Support Specialist $52,810 11% Technical Skills, Communication Skills
Teacher $59,170 (high school teacher) 8% (high school teacher) Communication Skills, Integrity
Food Preparation Worker $22,730 8% Communication Skills, Teamwork
Human Resource Specialist $60,350 7% Communication Skills, Teamwork

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Government Job Options for Disabled Veterans

Accountant and Auditor

Being an accountant or auditor means taking care of financial records to ensure that the right amount of money is going to the correct locations. Whether it's keeping track of payments or filing taxes correctly, it's an ideal job for someone who wants stable work in a quiet office environment. The job is also great for veterans with certain physical disabilities because it doesn't require physical labor. Accountants and auditors are required to have bachelor's degrees in accounting or finance. Many government agencies are in need of someone to manage financial records, so there are many possibilities for being an accountant within the government.

Computer Support Specialist

For people who love technology, being a computer support specialist is a great way to interact with tech every single day. Tech support staff are needed everywhere, including government agencies that often have online forms and emails to manage. The job can be done in an office or from a remote location, making it possible to have a flexible schedule and maybe even work from home. There are many paths to becoming a computer support specialist, including bachelor's or associate's degrees in a technology-related major. Some positions may only require a few college-level classes to begin.

Teacher

The teaching profession is a great way to make a big impact on hundreds of lives. Many people with disabilities choose a career in education to be a positive influence on both children and adults with disabilities. Teaching does not have to be limited to K through 12, as military bases will hire veteran instructors for various military information classes as well. Teachers must usually have a bachelor's or master's degrees in their desired subject, along with a state teaching license for K-12.

Food Preparation Worker

On many military bases and other military-affiliated places, there is a need for people to make and serve food. Many of these facilities are willing to provide on-the-job training to help individuals transfer into a new occupation, including ones on military bases. The direct on-the-job training can help offset time and costs of traditional methods of furthering education, which may be ideal for an applicant with a disability who needs an immediate and steady means of income. There is always a need for someone to help prepare food for military members every day, so someone looking for a government job after being discharged may consider this option.

Human Resource Specialist

If working with people is a strong point for someone, then being in human resources may be a great office-oriented job. Plenty of government offices need great human resource specialists to help them hire new workers and help create a comfortable working environment. Applicants with disabilities may enjoy the job because of its comfortable office setting mixed with interactive activities like interviewing potential new-hires and helping current employees with any problems that may arise. The position usually requires a bachelor's degree in human resources or business. Some travel may be involved with the job, so it is best to keep that in mind before applying.

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