Great Jobs for Military Veterans

Explore Career Options for Returning Veterans

Serving your country as a member of the U.S. Military requires a great deal of sacrifice. While plenty of service men and women choose to make a career out of it, there are many more who hope to eventually find stable and well-paying civilian jobs, and transitioning from military service to criminal justice just makes sense.

Since you've already proven your commitment to public service, a career in criminology can offer a nearly seamless transition into civilian life. To give you some idea of where to look, here's a list of 7 great criminal justice jobs for veterans.

State Trooper Careers are Great for Veterans

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State troopers serve their states by providing traffic enforcement and law enforcement services to under-served communities. They train hard, and their rank structure, disciplined culture, and proud traditions make them a great career choice for experienced military veterans.

The boot-camp style academy will be quite familiar, and the job is more than rewarding. Troopers typically start out earning between $33,000 and $55,000 per year depending on their state. More

Department of Defense Police Officer Careers can be a Smooth Transition

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The DoD Police augment the military police forces and provide civilian law enforcement services on military bases and installations. Veterans will find the work environment very familiar and will likely feel right at home policing military bases and personnel. They function much the same way municipal police do.

These jobs are great for veterans because of the ease of transition and familiar environments. DoD police officers start out at between $31,000 and $40,000 annually. More

State or Federal Special Agent Careers

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Several federal and state agencies employ special agents. These highly competent and well-trained investigators are assigned complex cases and work closely with local law enforcement and military components. In fact, the several military branches offer civilian special agent careers.

These careers tend to offer higher pay, but also require a higher level of education. Special agents are often hired at between $44,000 and around $70,000. These jobs are quite competitive, but provide excellent opportunities for well-qualified candidates. More

Probation and Community Control Officer

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Many, if not most, veterans leave the militarily with some measure of supervision or management experience. This experience translates well into community control and probation officer jobs.

Probation officers serve as case managers and supervisors for probationers, ensuring that they stay on track to complete their sentence or recommending that their probation is revoked. At least a bachelor's degree is usually required. Probation and community control officers can earn around $45,000. More

Police Patrol Officer Jobs

Patrol officers serve their local communities by patrolling local streets to prevent crime, respond to calls for service and assist those in need. Community policing is a great option for veterans because it offers an opportunity to continue the tradition of public service in a quasi-military structure.

The familiarity of wearing a uniform doesn't hurt, either. Police officers often start out between $30,000 and $40,000 but can earn up to $90,000 per year. More

Crime Analyst Careers

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Crime analysis provides the means for law enforcement agencies to better allocate manpower, identify criminal trends and provide more robust preventative and investigative services.

Military veterans, especially those who served in some sort of intelligence or analysis postilion, are well-qualified to serve as crime analysts. These jobs pay $56,000 per year on average. More

Federal Protective Service Officer Jobs

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Safety and security are the name of the game for Federal Protective Service officers, who work out of the Department of Homeland Security. Their job is to ensure the security of the federal government's property and personnel.

Securing federal facilities and protecting government employees is a mission most veterans are likely very familiar with, and they are often well-suited for these jobs. FPS officers earn $30,000 plus locality and overtime pay. More

Smooth Transition

Criminal justice and criminology careers offer a great chance for a smooth transition to civilian life. If you're a retuning veteran looking to land a stable career and continue a life of public service, these jobs may provide just the opportunity you've been looking for,