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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Resources for Online Students

Veterans provide a valuable service in keeping us safe. I do not take your many sacrifices for granted and want to begin by extending a big thank you for your service.

As you transition from military service, you probably wonder how your unique experience relates to the civilian workforce. Military-friendly organizations value your leadership skills, diversity, commitment/discipline, training, flexibility, can-do attitude and work ethic.

To jump-start your job search, you may want to begin with these military-friendly industries.

Department of Defense contractors

Government/Department of Defense contractors’ value and recruit veterans because the work you performed in the military is directly aligned with the work needed by the contractor.

In addition, many DoD contractors require their employees to hold security clearances. If you already have a security clearance, you are a highly desired commodity and your hiring process may even be expedited.

Security and law enforcement organizations

The military defends the homeland against threats from foreign entities. As a service member, you are already trained in security and anti-terrorism. Your skills and knowledge of security may be a benefit to an employer seeking an expert in security operations or law enforcement. Your skills can translate to managing a security operation for any type of company, creating security plans or developing contingency security plans.

The federal government

The U.S. federal government offers veterans’ preference points to service members who were awarded a campaign badge, expeditionary medal or were disabled. Many federal positions align with military occupational specialties and seeking federal employment can make for an easier transition from the military.

The Veterans Employment Initiative established in 2009 is a strategic approach to helping the men and women who have served in the military find employment in the federal government. This initiative helps lead by example in promoting veterans’ employment. Some of the federal agencies that hire veterans include:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Communications, utilities and communications-oriented companies

Communications and utilities companies recruit veterans to leverage the skills gained in the military specific to their products and services. Specialists in network or cyber security are in great demand.

Oil and gas industry

Although the oil and gas industry may have slowed down, they are still hiring.


Betty Boza is a career development specialist for the Fulton Schools Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting online, graduate and doctoral students with all aspects of career development including résumé preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.