Top Employers of Veterans

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By Bridget Quigg


Once they've received their last paycheck from Uncle Sam, where do most military folks go to find the next one? It turns out that many don't travel far. Former military members often get picked up by companies that work directly with the federal government and the military.

Online salary database PayScale.com has come up with a list of the most common employers of former military service men and women. It turns out that companies who contract with the military or federal government prefer hiring workers who are familiar with those organizations. "A key skill that military people have going for them is that they understand how to work with the government and the military," say Katie Bardaro, lead data analyst at PayScale. For example, General Electric made jet engines for the military during World War II and has also been involved in nuclear weapons production. It would certainly make sense to have their production, engineering and logistics teams as military-savvy as they can be.

Bardaro says to keep in mind, too, that it's not just the engineering or technical jobs at these companies that benefit from military know-how. From human resources to finance and marketing, employing people who know how decisions are made and deals are cut for government agencies helps these companies succeed.

"These companies deal with big, complicated, international projects. People with military experience are well-equipped to handle that," says Bardaro.

Who are the big employers? Bardaro says that they fall into three categories: the aerospace industry, weapons and defense contracting, and working for the government directly.

Below are examples of jobs where employers might prefer military savvy and the average, annual salaries for those jobs, according to PayScale.


Aerospace Industry Companies:
The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Job Title Average Annual Salary
Senior Systems Engineer $85,800
Aerospace Engineer $79,400
Electrical Engineer $71,500



Weapons and Security Companies:
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, L-3 Communications

Job Title Average Annual Salary
Principal Systems Engineer $103,000
Imagery Analyst $68,900
Systems Engineer
(Computer Networking/IT)
$67,900



Government Agencies:
Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Job Title Average Annual Salary
Government Program Manager $78,100
Budget Analyst $60,300
Contract Specialist $58,500



Source: All salary data is provided by PayScale.com. Salaries listed are annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.


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hdgoose

I think there should be tax break incentives to hire vets; because companies will not give them preference voluntarily. Please; no hate comments on "they don't deserve anything". From previous posts on this subject; I didn't realize how many people hate their own country and could care less about those that volunteer their lives to defend their country while the rest reap all the benefits of their sacrifice. It makes me sick.

September 17 2012 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tonyt53

Those jobs that are listed are very highly skilled positions that require advanced degrees. Union building trades are also taking in many veterans through a program called "Helmets to Hardhats". The piping side, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, also has another program called "VIP" (Veterans in Piping). A skilled pipe welder can make anywhere from $50K up to $85K depending upon where they live. They are typically trained through an apprenticeship program, which does require mandatory classroom time and most end up with at least an associates degree, as these are accredited programs.

September 17 2012 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
luckycur

Every job listed requires a college degree, which must mean, those Vets lacking a degree, will have a difficult time finding employment.

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