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Military experience is a resume booster all of its own. From the unique pressures of combat situations to the basic discipline required by even the newest private individual, those who have served have developed specific skills that are useful in numerous civil professional fields.

The implementation of military skills in a civilian career can be done directly. For example, if you've worked as a computer programmer in the Marine Corps, it's clear that this type of knowledge will help you find a similar job back home. However, other jobs are based on less self-evident skills. The hard work and perseverance it takes to pursue a military career can be difficult to explain on a resume, but these skills can help you overcome challenges in various careers.

Below are just a few of the professions where the skills trained in the military can be a real asset. Data on median wages and projected employment growth rates come from the United States Labor Statistics Bureau.

Firefighter

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 50,850 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 6%

Firefighters, like military personnel, must be physically fit and ready to expose themselves to risk in an emergency. And there is help for veterans interested in this career.

The non-profit group Troops to Firefighters helps train, advise and place veterans in these important professions. Additional programs, such as California's Veterans Fire Corps, support veterinarians who want to work to fight wildfires.

Emergency dispatcher

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 41,910 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 6%

Police, fire services and ambulances, like members of the military, must remain calm under pressure and communicate clearly and decisively. Individuals in these positions typically have a high school diploma, and it is not uncommon for additional training and certification to be required in the workplace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has more information about training and how to get an emergency dispatcher job.

Cop or detective

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 65,170 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 5%

Just as military personnel serve their country under difficult and sometimes life-threatening circumstances, so do police officers and detectives.

The International Association of Police Chiefs notes that veterans who have served in the military or security forces have special skills, but other veterinarians are also well suited to law enforcement.

There is help out there for interested vets. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, part of the US Department of Justice, runs Vets to Cops, a recruitment program for military veterans.

For more information on how much you can make in this industry, see How Much Police Make in Each State.

Security guard or surveillance officer for gambling

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 29,710 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 3%

Security guards and gambling surveillance officers patrol and protect property.

Security guards work everywhere from shopping malls to hospitals, and gambling supervisors work in casino settings. The energy industry also needs security guards, and the Center for Energy Workforce Development's Troops to Energy Jobs initiative is helping veterinarians transition from active duty to jobs in the field.

Paramedic or paramedic

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 35,400 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 6%

Military medics deal with everything from broken bones to explosive injuries. However, the civilian world does not always make it easy for veterinarians to transition into medical professions.

Emergency medical news site EMS1.com reports that colleges are unsure how to interpret medical experience from military transcripts and that state emergency services have their own requirements for emergency responders and paramedics that veterinarians must meet. However, there are organizations, including the Virginia Military Medics and Corpsmen Program, that are helping pave the way.

Licensed practical or professional nurse

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Average annual wage as of 20189: $ 47,480 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 9%

Healthcare is a common occupation for those on active duty, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The transition to a civilian job as a licensed practical or professional nurse is therefore a natural change.

Some health organizations like HCA Healthcare specifically focus on veteran recruitment. And it's not just vets they're looking to hire: HCA has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's charter campaign to recruit 100,000 military spouses as founding members of the coalition.

IT jobs

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 88,240 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 11%

The military relies on computers more than ever, and those who have improved their information technology skills on duty can expect to transfer them to jobs in the private sector.

In both the military and civil worlds, computer and information technology professions vary, including computer support specialists, database administrators, and information security analysts. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and other notable technology companies have special programs that focus on recruiting veterans, spouses, and loved ones.

Medical Assistant

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 34,800 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 19%

Check out 19% forecast a growth rate for medical assistant jobs. Employees in these positions perform administrative and clinical tasks in the healthcare sector. Some can even enter the profession with just a high school diploma and acquire the skills they need through on-the-job training.

As with other medical positions, a good place to start is with health organizations like HCA Healthcare, which are specifically focused on veteran recruitment.

Teacher

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 61,660 per year for college professors; $ 59,420 for kindergarten and elementary school teachers

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029
: 4% for university teachers; 4% for kindergarten and primary school teachers

This well-known bumper sticker slogan gets it right: "If you can read this, thank a teacher". And the right training, leadership, and communication skills learned in the military can lead to a teaching position.

There are numerous programs designed to help veterans step outside their own classrooms, including Troop To Teachers and Teach for America's Military Veterans Initiative.

For more information on how much this work can make, see How Much Teachers Are Paid in Each State.

Preparing food or serving jobs

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 24,800 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: minus 1%

The chow may be better when you're out of the military, but someone has yet to prep and serve it, and that job doesn't change much from military base to trendy bistro.

Additionally, the flexible hours offered by food preparation jobs allow veterans and their families to postpone their schedules to look after children or attend school.

However, fewer people will be needed to prepare food in the next decade, predicts the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although restaurant jobs will persist, a trend towards cost cutting is expected to reduce the demand for hospitality workers.

Machine moving operator

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 36,770 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 2%

The military, like the civilian world, will always have a need for people who can move people and things from place to place.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and materials handling is one of the most common military occupations in which service members move military personnel and cargo. Certain jobs in this area, such as the freight specialist, may include jobs that are similar to the civilian job of machine operators.

truck driver

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 45,260 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 2%

Truck drivers keep the engines of the trade buzzing and deliver everything from auto parts to groceries. The vehicles may be different from those used in the military, but the driving skills that have been honed in the service are directly useful in civilian professions.

Troops Into Transportation, a CDL School program, trains veterans to qualify for commercial driver's licenses so they can hit the streets.

Mechanic and installer of heating, air conditioning and cooling equipment

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 48,730 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: 4%

The job market for mechanics and plumbers of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems is expected to be solid, neither very high nor low, for the next decade. Veterans who have worked in mechanical repair positions in service should find that their skills translate well to these jobs.

Even without this background, training programs at technical and commercial schools as well as community colleges can help you prepare. The Explore the Trades program helps veterans find training and work in the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical sectors.

Car service technician or mechanic

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Average annual wage as of 2019: $ 42,090 per year

Projected employment growth rate from 2019 to 2029: minus 4%

Many military activities include work as a vehicle or machine mechanic. In the civilian world, you're more likely to work on a Toyota than a tank, but the skills learned in military service should transfer well to jobs as a car service technician and mechanic.

General Motors is a company that supports a variety of training opportunities – including local training at community colleges and other institutions, and online training – to prepare people to fill technical or non-technical jobs at GM dealerships.

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