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Best Occupations for Transitioning Military Personnel

Are you a service-member who is ready to retire or separate from the Armed Forces? Are you confused about where your military skills would best fit into the federal civilian workforce? Here is a list of some common federal occupations that closely match the skills set of transitioning military personnel:

  • GS-0080 - Security Administration
  • GS-0132 - Intelligence Analyst/Officer
  • GS-0201 - Human Resources
  • GS-0303 - Clerical Positions
  • GS-0343 - Management & Program Analyst
  • GS-0346 - Logistics Management
  • GS-0391 - Telecommunications
  • GS-0800 - Engineering Field
  • GS-1102/1105 - Contracting & Purchasing
  • GS-1540 - Cryptographer
  • GS-1701 - Education & Training
  • GS-1801 - General Inspection & Compliance
  • GS-2001 - General Supply
  • GS-2100 - Transportation
  • GS-2210 - Information Technology
Are you unsure what pay grade you might fit into? First, regardless of the pay system an agency is using, most federal jobs are classified using the General Schedule (GS) evaluation system. With that said, here are some simple guidelines to follow in helping you determine what your pay grade could be in the federal government. Remember, these are estimations only: your specialized experience performing various aspects of a position, as well as your Education are very important factors in landing a federal job:
  • E-1: Look at positions at the GS-1 pay level with a base salary from $18,161-$22,712
  • E-3: Look at positions at the GS-2 pay level with a base salary from $20,419-$25,698
  • E-4: Look at positions at the GS-3/GS-4 pay level with a base salary from $22,279-$32,517
  • E-5: Look at positions at the GS-4 pay level with a base salary from $$25,011-$32,517
  • E-6: Look at positions at the GS-5 pay level with a base salary from $27,982-$36,379
  • O-1, WO-1: Look at positions at the GS-7 pay level with a base salary from $34,662-$45,057
  • E-7: Look at positions at the GS-8 pay level with a base salary from $38,387-$49,907
  • O-2, CWO-2: Look at positions at the GS-9 pay level with a base salary from $42,399-$55,116
  • E-8: Look at positions at the GS-10 pay level with a base salary from $46,691-$60,695
  • O-3, CWO-3, E-9: Look at positions at the GS-11 pay level with a base salary from $51,298-$66,688
  • O-4, CWO-4: Look at positions at the GS-12 pay level with a base salary from $61,486-$79,936
  • O-4/O-5, CWO-5: Look at positions at the GS-13 pay level with a base salary from $73,115-$95,048
  • O-5: Look at positions at the GS-14 pay level with a base salary from $86,399-$112,319
  • O-6: Look at positions at the GS-15 pay level with a base salary from $101,630-$132,122
  • O-7 through O-10: Look at SES positions with a base salary from $120,749-$181,500
Note: These salaries are base pay only. Depending on your location, these rates will increase by 14,16% to $35,15%. See the General Schedule pay scale at http://www.fedjobs.com/pay/pay.html

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