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Want to find the best career fit for your military experience?

Visit CareerOneStop’s Military to Civilian Occupation Translator.

This easy-to-use tool will match the skills and experiences you gained in the military with a range of civilian careers that require similar skills. From there, you can learn more about typical salaries, employment outlook, and job duties of careers that may be a good match for you.

Already have a career in mind?

  • See if an apprenticeship is right for you. The federal government has a number of resources to assist veterans into high-skill, good paying jobs via Registered Apprenticeship programs. Your GI Bill benefits may cover tuition, housing, and other costs.
  • Search for local jobs that might use your military skills.

Industry-specific programs

These programs help connect veterans to careers in specific industries. 

  • Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps current and former military personnel begin new careers as teachers in public schools. TTT helps participants identify certification requirements, programs leading to certification, and job opportunities.
  • Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. Most career opportunities offered by the program are connected to federally approved apprenticeship training programs.
  • Military to Mariners helps connect veterans to careers in the U.S. Merchant Marine. The program, through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, provides information about the Merchant Marines as well as how to apply for certificates and licenses using Navy or Coast Guard experience.
  • Veterans in Piping (VIP) offers high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to U.S. veterans and active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. VIP is a program of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada, and Australia.

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