According to CNN and data recently reported by Payscale, the following jobs are the most lucrative for military veterans after holding ten years of experience in the field.
Careers that yield the highest salary for former military members fall within the following industries: national security, transportation and technology.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
(Median Salary: $167,200)
It’s quite commonplace for veterans to direct a company’s IT strategy or infrastructure. Communication is key in the military, and naturally, that carries over to business. According to PayScale, Army veterans are more than four times likely to hold this position than an average citizen.
(Median Salary: $164,100)
This position is in charge of winning new business opportunities — which in many cases involves government contracts. Called a “fancy sales position” by one industry expert, PayScale says a veteran is more than ten times likely to hold this position than an average citizen.
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
(Median Salary: $137,900)
This role is of an upper-level manager that oversees projects for an organization. The leadership skills veterans hone during their time in the military are invaluable in this position. According to PayScale, veterans are nearly seven times more likely to hold this position than civilians.
VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY
(Median Salary: $134,200)
Motivation and managing personnel is the key here, which is no secret to veterans. Sometimes the technology training they received while serving can also play a key factor in landing one of these positions.
CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
(Median Salary: $133,700)
With “data breaches” and “leaks” now part of the common lexicon, this role is becoming more and more important everyday. Overseeing IT workers and highly-skilled employees are vital components of the position, as are designing and executing security strategies and protecting a company’s data. PayScale says that veterans are six times more likely to hold this job than a civilian.