Hot Degrees for Veterans (TM) Pave Way to Civilian Success for Former and Transitioning Service Members

PITTSBURGH (May 8, 2017)— G.I. Jobs® today released its 60 2017 Hot Degrees for Veterans TM at, featuring the fourth annual list of America’s hottest degrees and educational programs that map to in-demand jobs, all leading to one of the Top 25 Hot Jobs for VeteransTM. Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® magazine and the list, surveyed hiring managers from more than 200 Military Friendly® Employers ( to identify the 60 leading degrees, certificates, and licenses for veterans and members of the military making the shift to civilian life.

“Military transitioners and veterans should consider what employers are looking for before they invest their hard-earned GI Bill benefits,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer at Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “One way to map out a path is by pairing our Hot Degrees for VeteransTM with our Hot Jobs for VeteransTM.”

Nichols adds, “Education is often key to landing your dream job, but it doesn’t necessarily require a traditional four-year degree.”

The 2017 Hot Degrees for VeteransTM list includes traditional four-year bachelor degree programs, advanced degrees, “fast track” options, such as two-year degrees, professional certificates, diplomas and credentials, and new categories of “Military Choice” options recommended by veterans and up-and-coming programs, “On the Rise.”

The 2017 Hot Degrees for VeteransTM are:

Advanced Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Law
  • Operations Management and Supervision

Professional Credential

  • Building/Construction Site Management/Manager
  • CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
  • Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
  • Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Nursing Practice / Registered Nurse
  • Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter
  • Retail Management
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Certificate & Diplomas

  • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
  • Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
  • Communications Technology/Technician
  • Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation
  • Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
  • Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
  • Selling Skills and Sales Operations
  • Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor
  • Welding Technology

4-Year Degree

  • Actuarial Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Hardware Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Health Services Administration
  • Hospitality Administration/Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Operations Research
  • Statistics, General

On the Rise (Majors with the highest year over year demand increase between 2014-2016.)

  • Assistive/Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
  • Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician
  • Nursing Administration
  • Security System Installation, Repair, and Inspection Technology/Technician
  • Solar Energy Technology/Technician

Military Choice (Top in-demand majors elected by military students in 2016.)

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Criminalistics and Criminal Science
  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training
  • Diver, Professional and Instructor
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Railroad and Railway Transportation
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician

“Our Hot Degrees for Veterans™ is more than education; it puts positive employment outcomes in high-demand job fields first,” continues Nichols.

Learn more about Hot Degrees and Hot Jobs for Veterans at

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About G.I. Jobs®:
G.I. Jobs® is the premier, free resource connecting the nation’s military transitioners and veterans to civilian employment, education and entrepreneurship opportunities. G.I. Jobs® is published by Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Follow G.I. Jobs® on Facebook and Twitter @GIJobsMagazine.

About Military Friendly®:

Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community. The Military Friendly® designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of leading organizations nationwide. Our proprietary survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent advisory council of educators and employers, and tested each year by EY based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration and current recipients can be found at:

For further information or to arrange interviews contact:

Suzanne Trevino ( or Brian O’Malley ( at Gordon C. James Public Relations, 602-274-1988.

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