Employment of veterans by occupation, 2014

May 22, 2015

Among employed veterans age 18 or older, the most common occupations for men are professional and related; management, business, and financial operations; and service occupations. In 2014, these three groups accounted for 50 percent of all employed men who had previously served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. These were also the largest occupational groups among male nonveterans. Male veterans were more likely than nonveterans to work in transportation and material moving and installation, maintenance, and repair occupations. Male veterans were less likely to work in construction occupations.

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Women
Employed persons 18 years and over by occupation, veteran status, and period of service, 2014 annual averages (percent distribution)
OccupationVeterans (all service periods)Gulf War era IIGulf War era IWW II, Korean War, and Vietnam eraOther service periodsNonveterans

Total

100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0

Professional and related occupations

19.820.822.018.618.122.9

Management, business, and financial operations occupations

17.414.118.320.516.415.9

Service occupations

14.116.914.012.513.417.6

Transportation and material moving occupations

10.28.38.911.012.45.8

Sales and related occupations

9.49.28.612.57.610.6

Office and administrative support occupations

8.49.78.96.78.412.5

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

7.38.17.76.07.33.1

Production occupations

7.17.26.65.98.75.7

Construction and extraction occupations

5.85.54.85.67.35.2

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

0.40.30.10.70.40.7

 

Employed men 18 years and over by occupation, veteran status, and period of service, 2014 annual averages (percent distribution)
OccupationVeterans (all service periods)Gulf War era IIGulf War era IWW II, Korean War, and Vietnam eraOther service periodsNonveterans

Total

100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0

Professional and related occupations

17.919.318.818.015.818.3

Management, business, and financial operations occupations

17.614.117.920.916.616.8

Service occupations

14.116.214.912.313.314.2

Transportation and material moving occupations

11.29.210.111.313.89.6

Sales and related occupations

9.79.08.912.77.810.2

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

8.29.69.16.28.35.9

Production occupations

7.87.97.66.19.77.9

Office and administrative support occupations

6.67.96.95.96.16.1

Construction and extraction occupations

6.56.55.65.88.210.0

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

0.40.30.10.70.41.1

 

Employed women 18 years and over by occupation, veteran status, and period of service, 2014 annual averages (percent distribution)
OccupationVeterans (all service periods)Gulf War era IIGulf War era IWW II, Korean War, and Vietnam eraOther service periodsNonveterans

Total

100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0

Professional and related occupations

33.128.037.736.032.327.6

Office and administrative support occupations

20.418.118.828.623.119.0

Management, business, and financial operations occupations

16.414.220.59.915.214.9

Service occupations

14.419.99.316.814.121.1

Sales and related occupations

7.810.47.06.66.311.0

Transportation and material moving occupations

3.23.62.90.53.72.0

Production occupations

2.54.01.61.12.23.5

Construction and extraction occupations

1.10.61.00.31.90.3

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

1.01.11.20.10.90.2

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

0.10.10.00.00.30.3

Female veterans were most likely to work in professional and related; office and administrative support; and management, business, and financial operations occupations. Seventy percent of women who were veterans worked in these occupations. Nonveteran women were less likely to work in these occupations. Female veterans were more likely than nonveterans to work in professional and related occupations.

Veterans of Gulf War era II and nonveterans had similar occupational profiles in 2014 after accounting for gender. One-third of employed veteran and nonveteran men worked in management and professional occupations, a higher proportion than in any other major occupational group. Among employed women, just over 40 percent of Gulf War-era II veterans and nonveterans worked in management and professional occupations.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Employment Situation of Veterans — 2014" (HTML) (PDF). Veterans are men and women who have previously served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were civilians at the time of the survey.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment of veterans by occupation, 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employment-of-veterans-by-occupation-2014.htm (visited June 28, 2017).

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