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9 Great Jobs for Vets in 2009

9 Great Jobs for Vets in 2009

Kelly Johnson |

Reports of the unemployment rate surging to its highest level since 1945 (more than 7 percent), and the bad economy’s nationwide damage to the blue-collar and white-collar industries, is enough to make any transitioning servicemember high-tail it back to the service for a bit more job security.

However, with all of this economic turmoil, nine civilian jobs have proven that they will survive the recession and provide a great opportunity for veterans and transitioning servicemembers.

Some of the occupations — which were compiled by U.S. News — on the list will come as no surprise to veterans as good, recession-proof occupations. However, one will come as a surprise.

Education: Even in the current slowdown, our political leaders seem committed to education spending, and voters continue to pass education bonds to upgrade facilities.

Utilities: This is the classic defensive stock investment, reports U.S. News. Despite turbulent financial waters, utilities stay afloat.

Home, care, commercial, and industrial repair: In a bad economy, the rule — don’t replace, repair. It doesn’t just go for you and your 12-year-old sedan or your leaky toilet. In a depression, struggling care manufacturers will more often opt to repair than replace a balky welding robot.

Alternative energy: Despite all of the attention to solar wind and energy, it’s possible that the nuclear industry would, over the next decade, create the most jobs.

Health Care: The jobs with the most security include registered nurses, physician assistants, internal medicine physicians, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, and physical assistants.

Law Enforcement: In tough times, the level of crime tends to increase. Many veterans have the training law enforcement agencies want in potential recruits.

Community College: Many people return to school for retraining when they’re unable to land a good job. Community colleges teach technical skills and offer practical, career-related training at an affordable price.

Repossession, foreclosure, and debt collection: When borrowers can’t pay back their loans on homes or cars or credit cards, someone has to collect and evict. If you’re a car person, there will be jobs repossessing giant SUV’s from borrowers who took advantage of no-qualification loans even when they knew it was more than they could afford.

Government (especially homeland security, health care, accounting/auditing, information technology, and taxes): The public sector may be the last bastion of secure employment, requiring 40-hour workweeks and offering ample sick days, holidays, and vacation days.

Surprising stable occupation, Entertainment: Hollywood, video gaming, and the creative arts industry are all expected to thrive as the economy continues to decline. People need a break from all the doom and gloom they see on television or read in the newspaper, so they crave a bit of escapism and head to the movies.

To learn more about recession proof careers, visit’s Careers Channel.

  • 102_1216_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Sorry hit the wrong button, The real problem is that once your app is forwarded you are in a holding patten,as long as six months.. I can not afford to wait that long. So let speed up the process up.

  • 102_1216_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I have browse Govcental site because I find it very informative.
    Yes I have applied for a couple position that i am qualified for.
    I have gotten response back saying that I have been referred to the hiring agency

  • Edjones_picasa3__15__max50


    about 6 years ago


    I feel that many of us Veterans have a better understanding of what is needed in Government positons, and also are mission driven to ensure the job is correctly done the first time. This is due to the many operational exercises we have already experienced, which permits us to have seen issues from many sides.

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