The government is an important part of American life, providing many vital services to citizens. Below is a wide variety of government careers for veterans.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||$38,470||6%||Experience maintaining and repairing trucks and vehicles|
|Police and Detectives||$61,600||7%||Training with firearms, safety, and crisis prevention|
|Accountants and Auditors||$68,150||10%||Performance of bookkeeping and record keeping|
|Budget Analysts||$73,840||7%||Experience with financial analysis and departmental budgets|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||$135,800||12%||Background planning and implementing computer systems and networks; cyber security|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics
Government Careers for Veterans
Of course everyone knows that most teachers are employed by state and local government. But, almost every private job has a corresponding government counterpart. From automotive mechanics to IT managers, there are government jobs available for veterans from almost every classification, in every region of the country.
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Veterans who have performed active duty service as mechanics or technicians for trucks and automobiles may find this a good career choice. Veterans may find that their service provides some preference in hiring.
Automotive service technicians and mechanics repair and maintain cars and light trucks. They perform inspections, run diagnostics, and repair or replace parts as needed. They may also be known as service techs or service technicians. This career does not require college, but it may require postsecondary training and certification, particularly on specific parts and systems.
Police and Detectives
Experience working with firearms and safety training may give veterans some advantage in applying for these positions. In addition, because veterans tend to perform well in police departments, they may be given preference in the hiring process, which varies by jurisdiction.
Police and detectives maintain order and investigate accidents and crimes. The two positions have somewhat different job duties and responsibilities. Police are often on patrol monitoring public areas to maintain order and to be nearby should an incident take place. Detectives tend to come in after an accident has happened or a crime occurred, in order to determine the cause and if necessary find the perpetrator. While some departments accept high school graduates, many departments require a bachelor's degree. Almost all departments require candidates to graduate from a designated police academy.
Accountants and Auditors
Veterans with experience in accounting or monetary transactions may find this a good career choice. Military experience and familiarity with government processes and procedures may give veterans an edge in this career.
Accountants and auditors work with financial records. Accountants prepare financial reports, oversee payables and receivables, and prepare tax calculations. Auditors examine the reports of accountants to certify that they are correct. A bachelor's degree is required to enter this field. Additional certification and experience is required to advance to a position such as CPA, also known as certified public accountant, or other professional designations.
Monetary accountability is important in government offices across the nation, providing budget analysts with opportunities in every county in the country. Integrity is vital to the work done by budget analysts, which may benefit military veterans entering this profession.
Budget analysts examine the financial records of businesses, organizations, and governments in order to ensure that the enterprise is run within safe parameters and as efficiently as possible. They may discover savings or ways to cut costs and make those recommendations to management. Their primary goal is to ensure that the company is stable and has sufficient resources to meet their obligations. This profession requires a bachelor's degree.
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Military computer systems are commonly believed to incorporate the best and most advanced security systems available. Veterans may find that this belief helps them to stand out from others in this career.
Computer and information systems managers plan and oversee the computing and technology needs for an entire company or department. It is their responsibility to see that systems are not only secure, but also that they are efficient and operating according to plan. Since computer and information technology is constantly evolving, managers in this position need to stay ahead of the curve, upgrading when technology and/or the needs of the company or government agency in which they are employed change. A bachelor's degree and experience are required for this position.