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The 8 Best Jobs for Veterans in 2016

The 8 Best Jobs for Veterans in 2016
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It's growing increasingly easier for many veterans to make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce, new research finds.

The unemployment rate for U.S. military veterans entering the private sector reached a seven-year low in 2015, according to a new study from CareerCast.

"Initiatives like the new partnership between the USDA and Hiring Our Heroes; the White House's Joining Forces program; and private industry organizations like HireAHero.org have helped to improve the job market for veterans," Kyle Kensing, online content editor for CareerCast, said in a statement. "While job prospects have improved, finding potential careers is another, unique challenge."

The key for veterans looking for civilian work is to figure out how the skills they learned in the military will translate to the private sector. To help veterans seeking a postmilitary career path, CareerCast has released this year's Best Jobs for Veterans list, which features professions that actively hire veterans, offer opportunities to use the skills they gained in the service or give them a chance to help serve other veterans. [See Related Story: Job Interview Advice for Veterans: Practice ]

Here are this year's eight best jobs for veterans:

  • Financial adviser: Financial adviser is one of the most in-demand job listings in the CareerCast veterans job database. In addition, three of the top 10 best employers for veterans, according to Military Times, are in the financial sector.
  • Human resources manager: With more and more organizations actively hiring veterans, it can be quite valuable for an employer to have human resources managers with firsthand expertise in the process of veteran recruitment.
  • Information security analyst: This position allows veterans to use many of the skills they learned in the military.
  • Interpreter/translator: Military members who spent time abroad have received unique on-the-job training for this rapidly growing position.
  • Management consultant: Employers often like to hire veterans for this position because management consultants who served in the military are better served to provide best practices for both training and oversight of other veterans.
  • Network and systems administrator: In recent years, the military has been increasing its emphasis on tech training. Veterans can easily apply these skills to jobs in this field.
  • Physical therapist: This is a career that allows veterans to give back to other veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs currently employs more than 1,500 physical therapists.
  • Registered nurse: The experience veterans gained while serving in the military can be applied to nursing certification in some states.

Jonathan Razzano, a marketing specialist at Kennesaw State University and a retired U.S. Army captain, advises military members to start studying job requirements for desired careers prior to getting out of the service.

"Begin studying and learning the lingo of the profession to aid in translating how certain military skills will transfer into a different field," Razzano said. "Applicants can convert the skills learned in the military into success in that particular civilian job or career field."

CareerCast based its rankings on careers tracked in its Jobs Rated report, high-employment sectors per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and top hiring companies of veterans.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.