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Carlsbad, CA/Pennington, NJ (February 4, 2014) – It is often an uphill climb for veterans to find the right civilian jobs after their military service. That's especially true for veterans of the second Gulf War era/post-Sept. 11, 2011, who have an average 7.3% unemployment rate, above the national average of 6.7% for the entire national work force. In its new report, CareerCast identifies 10 of the best jobs for veterans – positions that don’t require a lot of additional training and that match the skill sets veterans have acquired during their years of service.

Emergency medical technician, paralegal and legal assistants, training and development manager and construction program manager rank as best bets for veteran employment, allowing candidates to tap their unique training and leadership skills.

“Enlisted personnel leave the various branches of the military with training as diverse as graduates of a university,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “So finding the right type of job is key, especially since veteran hiring will get a boost from the “Final Rule,” an addendum to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which mandates federally contracted employers strive to hire 7% of their workforce from a pool of candidates with disabilities, specifically veterans.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the unemployment rate for veterans 18 years and older was 5.5% in December 2013, an improvement from the 7% average unemployment rate for all veterans in December 2012. Leading the way are veterans who are finding jobs that match their skills especially well, and that includes careers which tap heavily into their training in such fields as engineering and information technology.

Along with IT and legal opportunities, other traits emphasized in veterans’ military training include leadership, thus opportunities as training and development managers are among CareerCast.com’s best jobs for veterans in 2014. For veterans without managerial experience, industrial engineer technician is another rewarding option in a field likely to grow.

CareerCast’s 10 best jobs for veterans in 2014:

- Administrative Services Manager
Average Median Salary: $81,080

- Construction Program Manager
Average Median Salary: $82,790

- Emergency Medical Technician
Average Median Salary: $31,020

- Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver
Average Median Salary: $38,200

- Industrial Engineering Technician
Average Median Salary: $50,890

- Industrial Production Manager
Average Median Salary: $89,910 - Paralegal and Legal Assistants
Average Median Salary: $46,990

- Software Engineer
Average Median Salary: $85,430

- Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer
Average Median Salary: $54,530

- Training and Development Manager
Average Median Salary: $95,400

To read the full report, visit http://veteran.careercast.com/article/best-jobs-veterans-2014.

About CareerCast.com

CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites.

CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

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