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Opportunities in Healthcare for Military Veterans

Opportunities in Healthcare for Military Veterans

John Rossheim, Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Wide Range of Opportunities

Although many former military healthcare workers make the transition to civilian hospitals, there are other choices. “In optometry, you can go into commercial, private or institutional practice or research,” Wood says. “Retiring from the military, you’re prepared for any of those areas.” Veterans who are medical professionals find employment in settings ranging from stand-alone clinics to doctors’ offices, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and private or public research laboratories.

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There are also varied healthcare career opportunities at the Veterans Health Administration. Jobs are available at VA hospitals and other veterans healthcare facilities across the country. Current openings include those for physical therapists, pharmacists, radiologic technologists, social workers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and medical technologists.

Another option for veterans is to work for a military healthcare institution, such as an Army hospital. Caring for active-duty servicepeople adds a layer of meaning for ex-military medical workers. And these jobs come with the often-generous benefits of government employment.

Transition Assistance

Most military healthcare workers are prepared to enter the civilian workforce with no additional training. Even so, some may choose to update their skills or reach for a higher professional level as they make the transition. Some veterans wisely use the various forms of assistance they have earned to get additional training or credentials.

When they separate, most veterans have two or three months of accrued vacation time and terminal leave that gives them full military pay while they study or otherwise prepare to reenter the civilian labor force, Harol says. Of course, they’re also eligible for the GI Bill. And in wartime, most state colleges waive tuition for retiring service members.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.


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