About My Next Move for Veterans
My Next Move for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military. Veterans can also take advantage of the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.
My Next Move for Veterans is developed and maintained by the National Center for O*NET Development, under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Learn more about O*NET.
For an overview of the search features and content, download the two-page "Desk Aid" PDF.
About the data
For more information about the data used in a particular career, see our career data sources list.
The careers listed here, along with occupational information except as listed below, come from the 23.2 release of the O*NET Database. Information in the database comes from incumbent workers, supplemented by occupational experts and analysts. Learn more about O*NET data collection.
Education degree requirements come from the O*NET Database. Survey responses are collected in 12 categories:
|no high school diploma/GED||— less than a high school diploma or equivalent|
|high school diploma/GED||— or the equivalent|
|certificate after high school||— awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)|
|associate's degree||— or other 2-year degree|
|certificate after college||— awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.|
|certificate after master's||— awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master's degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.|
|professional degree||— awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.|
Industry employment is provided by the 2016 "industry employment by occupation" statistics, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections .
Career outlook designations reflect estimates of future demand across the United States. National growth and job openings projections are provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 employment projections .
- Bright outlook careers are expected to have at least a 15% increase in employment over 2016-2026, or are projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over 2016-2026.
15% increase or more = "This career will grow much faster than average." 10% - 14% increase = "This career will grow faster than average."
- Average outlook careers are projected to have at least a 5% increase in employment over 2016-2026, but don't meet the criteria for Bright outlook.
5% - 9% increase = "This career will grow about as fast as average."
- Below average outlook careers don't meet the criteria for Bright or Average outlook.
2% - 4% increase = "This career will grow slower than average." -1% - 1% decrease/increase = "This career will have little or no change in job openings." -2% decrease or more = "This career will decline in job openings."
A listing of all career outlook designations can be found at the O*NET Resource Center.
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data . Low, average, and high salaries displayed are the 10th, 50th, and 90th percentiles published by BLS.
State map information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 employment location quotient data . The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average. On the maps, "average" states have a location quotient between 0.80 and 1.25, "above average" states have a location quotient of 1.25 or higher, and "below average" states have a location quotient lower than 0.80.
Links to External Sites
Career pages at My Next Move for Veterans provide links to external sites where appropriate, including the following sites sponsored by USDOL/ETA:
- CareerOneStop (Find Training; Find Certifications; Find Licenses; Apprenticeships; Local Salary Info; Find Jobs)
A “Hot Technology” is a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings. Their identification helps customers learn which software skills are in demand within the current U.S. economy.
Hot Technologies are distinguished by a fire icon:
For a complete listing of current hot technologies, visit O*NET OnLine. To learn about the development of hot technologies, see Identification of “Hot Technologies” within the O*NET® System.
Career videos and transcripts on career overview pages are provided by CareerOneStop .
Video on the "Bright Outlook" career listing page is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and hosted by YouTube.
About the Military Transition Search
The military search within My Next Move for Veterans combines several sources of military occupation linkages. For details, see the Military Transition Search report at the O*NET Resource Center.
The search is based on data from the MOC crosswalk by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) , and supplemented with data from:
- An enhanced analysis for key military occupations, which was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor working in collaboration with the Department of Defense, per the specifications of Section 222 of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act
- A research report on Army KSAs by the RAND Corporation, which identified a broad range of civilian occupations based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed by Army soldiers to perform ten of the largest Army military occupational specialties (MOSs).
- Army COOL , Navy COOL , Marine Corps COOL , and Air Force COOL projects
- The ASVAB Career Exploration Program , Office of People Analytics (OPA) , Careers in the Military . The linkages in this crosswalk are currently being updated using a combination of statistical modeling and task analysis approaches.
To download military crosswalk data, visit the Crosswalks page at the O*NET Resource Center.
Where available, civilian career results display the minimum military pay grade at which a service member would usually qualify for the career, and the amount of preparation needed to transition:
|First term =||Service members can transition to this career within their first term (4-6 years) of service.|
|First term plus prep =||Service members can possibly transition to this career within their first term (4-6 years) of service, but may need to get state licensure or additional education, training, or experience.|
|Long term =||Service members probably cannot transition to this career within their first term (4-6 years) of service.|
About the O*NET Interest Profiler
The O*NET Interest Profiler is one of several O*NET Career Exploration Tools developed for career counseling, career planning, and career exploration. The O*NET Interest Profiler is a tool designed to assess individual's vocational interests. The web-based version of the tool features 60 items which measure six types of Holland (1997) occupational interests: Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), and Conventional (C), collectively called RIASEC. To learn more about the development of this tool, or to download the paper-and-pencil version, visit the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form page at the O*NET Resource Center.