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Once they’ve received their last paycheck from Uncle Sam, where do most military folks go to find the next one? It turns out that many don’t travel far. Former military members often get picked up by companies that work directly with the federal government and the military.
Online salary database PayScale.com has come up with a list of the most common employers of former military service men and women. Not surprisingly, companies who contract with the military or federal government prefer hiring workers who are familiar with those organizations. “A key skill that military people have going for them is that they understand how to work with the government and the military,” says Al Lee, PayScale’s director of quantitative analysis.
For example, General Electric made jet engines for the military during WWII and has also been involved in nuclear weapons production. It would certainly make sense to have their production, engineering and logistics teams as military-savvy as possible.
Lee says to keep in mind, too, that it is not just the engineering or technical jobs at these companies that benefit from military know-how. From human resources to finance and marketing, employing people who know how decisions are made and deals are cut for government agencies helps these businesses succeed.
“These companies deal with big, complicated, international projects. People with military experience are well-equipped to handle that,” says Lee.
Who are the big employers? Lee says that they fall into three categories: the aerospace industry, weapons and defense contracting, and working for the government directly.
Below are examples of jobs where employers might prefer military savvy and the average, annual salaries for those jobs, according to PayScale.


1. Aerospace Industry
Top Companies

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2. Weapons and Security Companies
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3. Government Agencies
Top Companies
  • United States Government
  • Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Top Job Titles


Top 20 Employers of Former Military
  1. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  2. Booz, Allen and Hamilton
  3. Northrop Grumman Corporation
  4. L-3 Communications
  5. United States Government – Department of Defense
  6. BAE Systems, Inc.
  7. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  8. Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
  9. CACI International, Inc.
  10. The Boeing Company
  11. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  12. Allied Barton Security Services Inc.
  13. Raytheon Company
  14. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
  15. Deloitte Consulting LLP
  16. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  17. Exelon Corporation
  18. General Dynamics Corporation
  19. General Electric Company (GE)
  20. Stryker Corporation
 
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