Time serving in the armed forces often instills a love of travel in veterans. If you're a vet who still feels the pull to see the world, there are many careers that can provide a decent living and keep you moving. We've compiled a list of five jobs that require or have the potential for a lot of travel, and that match veterans' unique skillsets.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Level of Education Needed||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Truck Driver||$41,340||6%||Vocational school||Logistical knowledge, willingness to work alone|
|Airline Pilot||$105,720 (airline and commercial pilots)||4% (airline and commercial pilots)||Bachelor's degree and pilot's license||Technical knowledge, Air Force experience|
|TEFL Teacher||$50,650 (adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers)||-6% (adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers)||Bachelor's degree||Patience, language skills|
|Diplomat||$28,545-$134,776**||7% (political scientists)||High school diploma (entry-level)||Logistics and planning, people skills, knowledge of other cultures|
|Nurse Practitioner||$100,910||36%||Master's degree||Health and fitness, medical knowledge|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics **U.S. Department of State
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Traveling Jobs for Veterans
There are many ways to travel the world, and a veteran's time in the service has given them unique skills for careers that can take them to far-off locales. Whether you're looking for a job right out of the service, or are using your time serving your country to kickstart an education, there's a job out there that will be a good fit. We've selected five jobs with travel potential that military experience will help prepare for.
If you're a vet who prefers solitude, a career as a truck driver is a great chance to see the country and get paid for it. Truck driving is long and lonely, but for many people, that's just the type of position they're looking for. Time in the military makes vets self-sufficient, so many take to a job that doesn't require supervision. Also, a truck driving career doesn't require a lot of university education, but often just a certificate from a professional program, so it's easy to get into soon after discharge.
For a veteran with Air Force or Naval aviation experience, it may seem like a no-brainer to pursue a career as a pilot. Airline pilots fly all over the world, and the technical experience gained from time in the Air Force means that you'll be a very attractive prospect when applying. The only hurdle is that it's a competitive field, with a slower-than-average job growth outlook from 2016-2026. However, a veteran's time in the service should make them stand out from the rest of the pack.
If you're looking to really immerse yourself in another culture, then a career teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) could really open your eyes to a new part of the world. TEFL teachers will go to a foreign nation for a few years to teach English as a second language, so a vet with experience overseas will already have a good idea of what to expect. Job prospects are abundant and available at public and private schools and universities across the world; the highest-paying opportunities tend to be in the Middle East and Asia.
For a vet that wants to continue working for the government, a career as a diplomat can be fascinating and fulfilling. As a diplomat, you'll be representing your country abroad, working in a U.S. embassy in a foreign nation. Assignments generally only last a few years or less, meaning the diplomat will work in diverse countries. Depending on one's educational attainment and experience, a career as a diplomat can be very lucrative. Time spent overseas with other languages can be tremendously useful as a diplomat, so a veteran could have an advantage over other applicants. Additionally, like in many government jobs, vets tend to be given preference for positions.
Another humanitarian career with a lot of opportunities for travel is working as a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners provide advanced-level nursing care to patients, including diagnosing diverse health issues and providing treatments. Nurse practitioners are urgently needed all over the country and world; the national projected job growth is over five times the average for all occupations. A veteran who worked as a medic will therefore be in demand. Foreign agencies like the Australian Nursing Council also make it easier for qualified nurses to migrate overseas. A vet who wants to be a nurse practitioner will likely need additional education after discharge, but the time spent in the military will help in the classroom and look good on the resume.