Courtesy Nicole Olson

“I have no regrets: If I hadn’t joined the National Guard, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said former service member Nicole Olson. After 18 months trying the college route, she enlisted in the Iowa National Guard as a preventive medicine specialist in 2008. “My job in the military led me to the environmental world” she said, when describing how she discovered her current position. “I didn’t even know it was here. I discovered the passion I have for it.”

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U.S. Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Jeff Parkinson

There’s a rumor going around that America doesn’t have a manufacturing base anymore, but it’s simply not true. Lots of great products are made in the United States, from shoes to high end electronics to elevators and to incredibly useful things like Post-It notes. Many manufacturers are hiring veterans, including the seven great companies below.

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Like any ship, building, ground vehicle or aircraft, corporate America needs individuals schooled in the art and science of maintenance. Companies of all shapes and sizes, in a variety of sectors, depend on complicated machinery, electrical and nuclear equipment, housed within expansive facilities to reach their business objectives. When these pieces of equipment or facilities fail, skilled professionals are needed to fix them. These 10 Hirepurpose partners are military-friendly companies with openings across the country — and are well-suited for veterans who underwent electrical, mechanical, or facilities maintenance training while in the service.

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With a degree in engineering, your options are virtually limitless. According to a Forbes report, the industry is ever-expanding, and the current workforce is aging, so there won’t be a shortage of jobs in the near future. There is certainly some staunch competition within the industry, but your military background gives you a unique edge in your job search. These seven Hirepurpose partners are actively seeking veterans with a degree in engineering.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell

Companies in all sectors rely on logisticians to oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. Logisticians focus on directing the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel. This opens a large opportunity for veterans of all ranks who have logistical skills and experience to transition from their current military role to a private sector or government contract position that will provide both stability and great pay.

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