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Best Jobs For Military Veterans

Updated on July 23, 2015
The military includes both men and women veterans.
The military includes both men and women veterans. | Source

During July 2015, our nation had job listings for over 9,000,000 full-time jobs. Nearly 1,000,000 were labeled as Veteran Friendly. America offered an additional 3,000,000 job vacancies listed in mid-July 2015. We need to help connect our veterans with these jobs.

A List of 100 Companies Is Only a Beginning

In November 2011, the Whitehouse announced the opening of 100,000 jobs in the private sector to be dedicated to US Veterans and their families from late 2011 through 2014 and onward. This program is called Joining Forces and sounds good on the first blush. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden promised veterans and their families that a list of 100 major companies had joined with the Whitehouse to offer these jobs to returning veterans.

The companies are listed below; however, there are not 100 companies. Agreements with a total of 100 is to be secured by the end of 2013. A bulk of jobs may become available from 2014 -2016. Still, The First Lady announced that a program begun during Summer 2011, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, does already involve 100 companies that are veteran friendly and military recruit family members as well. I have been unable to find them all at this time, so please feel free to list any you know about in the Comments section below (company names, but not links, please).

Companies on the list of 100 in Joining Forces:

  1. Accenture - Forecasts 250,000 more jobs for everyone worldwide by 2015. How many of these new jobs are earmarked for veterans is unclear.
  2. Arby's
  3. AT&T
  4. Code for America - An online military skills translator for the private sector. Note: After the Persian Gulf War, IT companies found that military IT experience had not kept pace with the private sector (at least in the Ohio workplace). How about now?
  5. Data Doctors
  7. Futures, Inc.
  8. Guidant Financial
  9. Hewlett Packard - donating money. No jobs promised yet.
  10. Home Depot
  11. Honeywell
  12. Humana
  13. JP Morgan/Chase
  14. Lockheed Martin - This is a good one, since aerospace manufacturing is increasing. Also Number Ten on GIJobs' Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in USA (see link below).
  15. SCORE - Service of the Small Business Association.
  16. Microsoft Inc. - No new jobs promised for vets. Offers 10,000 technology training and certification packages from 2012 - 2014.
  17. Mr. Rooter
  18. Siemens - Already hired 300 veterans and pledges to hire 150 more by December 31, 2011.
  19. TeamLogic
  20. The UPS Store
  21. TSS Photography
  22. US Chambers of Commerce
  23. ValPak - Produces coupons for goods and services.
  24. WalMart - Presumably offering funds for management training.


Government Encouragement

The Joining Forces job bank page (linked below) allows job candidates to search by Keyword (or job skill) and Metro Area, but does not permit one to see how many total jobs are listed on the site. For a Metro Area at this juncture, one must page through the results and count if one wants that total. Veterans may add the MOS/MOC job code or job title as well.

How many total jobs are available from the site? We do not know, although the Whitehouse states 550,000.

Good News is that a $9,600 tax credit is available to companies that hire a disabled veteran. This will put people to work and decrease disability payments. For instance, a veteran couple I know each receive $2,853/month in VA disability, with free medical care and prescriptions, totaling $5,706 cash monthly income and $68,474 cash annually.

Photo of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq.
Photo of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq. | Source

Outside the List

Despite the List of 100, aerospace manufacturers will continue to offer increasing numbers of jobs that veterans can fill. One of the largest pools of emerging work belongs to Space-X, who needs Engineers, Avionics Technicians, Salespeople at various levels, Administrators, Technical Writers and dozens of other job titles for over 400 open positions today.


Best Hiring Companies

  1. Home Depot
  2. Accenture
  3. Oracle - IT jobs, all levels
  4. Marriott
  5. Walmart - Supervisor Jobs
  6. Lowe's
  7. Robert Half - IT and Accounting
  8. Community Health Systems
  9. Office Depot
  10. Staples

Top 10 Highest Demand Jobs For Veterans

  1. Supervisors
  2. Operations Managers
  3. Retail Salespeople
  4. Systems Engineers
  5. Senior Software Engineers
  6. Software Engineers
  7. Office Supplies Associate
  8. IT Chief Architects
  9. Telecommunications Technicians
  10. Electrical Technicians

No Need to Wait for the Whitehouse 100

Top 100 Military Friendly Employers at GIJobs (See the link at right for the complete Top 100).

  1. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (defense) -
  2. ManTech International (defense) -
  3. CSX Corporation (transport) -
  4. URS (defense) -
  5. CACI International Inc. (defense) -
  6. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (transport) -
  7. Johnson Controls, Inc. (industrial products mfg.)-
  8. USAA (insurance) -
  9. Northrop Grumman Corporation (defense) -
  10. Lockheed Martin (defense and aerospace flight) -

Note that these Top 10 are involved almost entirely in defense and transportation. If the Whitehouse 100 list the same as the GIJobs 100 List? Probably not, but there is some overlap already.

US Navy at cleanup in Japan after the 2011 tsunami.
US Navy at cleanup in Japan after the 2011 tsunami. | Source


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Good news is that America has job listings of over 9,000,000 full-time positions and 3,000,000 part-time vacancies to day. We must connect people who need work with these jobs.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      veterans will definitely be searching for jobs now that the next paycheck is not coming from uncle sam. thanks for the hub.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I don't know if the Whitehouse can come up with all the contracts they need to fulfill this promise of jobs, but I hope that they can do it.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That is great news and well overdue for these Veterans. They should have top treatment.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      WalMart seems to be offering training without offering the related jobs. The training may help vets get jobs elsewhere and we need many more companies to open vacancies for them as well as for the general population of job seekers. I don't know that the 100 hoped-for companies can all offer a living wage. I think there may be a lot of minimum wage offerings and $10-$12/hr jobs as well as a few hundred high paying positions.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Somehow, I don't see Wallmart as a fitting place for Veterans to work. Anything I've heard about the company is that they treat their employees badly. At least do here in Canada. And very bad pay!