As veterans consider their options, they will want to consider projected job growth. Statistics from Tulsa Welding School show that from 2012 through 2022, certain skilled trades jobs are expected to increase anywhere from 4 percent all the way up to 34 percent, which means that, as today’s veterans leave military life, they may have good to excellent job expectations—depending on the field they choose. Every one of these trades requires that prospective students return to school and earn certificates or two-year diplomas, or comparable apprenticeship experience, in some cases.
- Air Products recruits vets for maintenance, manufacturing, and welding positions, among other departments. Because of their past military experience, veterans can expect opportunities to move up the managerial ladder. According to Civilian Jobs, 15 percent of the corporation’s more than 20,000 employees are military vets.
- Archer Daniels Midland, an agricultural and alternative fuel company, supports employment of members of the National Guard and Reserve. Archer Daniels works alongside some military installations, helping veterans transition out of the military and into civilian employment. The corporation is a member of the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium and the 100,000 Jobs Mission Coalition.
- API Group, Inc, founded by Lee Anderson, who graduated from West Point Military Academy, actively recruits and hires veterans. This construction-oriented parent company is also a member of the Hiring Our Heroes program. API sponsors two leadership programs: the Veterans Rotation program, aimed at enlisted vets, and the Leadership Development Program, which targets junior military officers.