By Elise Oras
Besides a thank you, one of the best things you can give to a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is a job. There are 220,000 of them currently seeking work in the United States, at a time when the economy is seeing slow growth. While that number might seem daunting, there is some good news. The government has stepped in and formed new programs to help veterans move into the civilian workforce. Additionally, veterans' skills and experience can help land well-paid job in a growing field.
According to research from online salary database PayScale.com, skills like computer security, program management, and electronic troubleshooting are common skills among veterans, when compared to the typical working population. And, not only do private sector employers need to hire for those skills, they have extra reason to fill open positions with veterans.
In 2011, The White House announced a programs called Joining Forces, where civilian companies have pledge to hire 100,000 veterans and veteran spouses by 2014, and the Returning Heroes Employer Tax Credit, giving employers who hire a veteran a tax credit of up to $5600.
To support the cause of getting jobs for veterans, PayScale found six jobs that pay over $60,000 per year, are more frequently filled by veterans, and have a high growth rate projection through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Salary data provided by PayScale.com. All salaries listed are median annual salaries for experience workers with 5-8 years of experience. Bonuses are not included. Growth was calculated by dividing the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted growth rate for 2008-18 for a specific job by the national expected growth rate of 10.2 percent.
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