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Management, professional, and related occupations most common among veterans and nonveterans

November 08, 2019

In 2018, 9.1 million military veterans age 18 and older were employed, accounting for about 1 in 20 civilian workers in the United States. Regardless of veteran status, most men worked in management, professional, and related occupations. Male veterans and nonveterans were about equally likely to be employed in this occupational group. Eighteen percent of male veterans worked in production, transportation, and material moving occupations, along with 17 percent of male nonveterans.

Percent distribution of employed veterans and nonveterans by occupation and sex, 2018 annual averages
Occupation Total veterans Total nonveterans Male veterans Male nonveterans Female veterans Female nonveterans

Total

100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Management, professional, and related occupations

39.1 40.6 37.7 36.8 49.6 44.4

Service occupations

14.2 17.1 14.1 13.4 15.4 20.8

Sales and office occupations

16.5 21.7 15.0 15.7 28.1 27.8

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

13.7 9.1 15.4 16.8 1.3 1.0

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

16.4 11.7 17.9 17.2 5.6 5.9

Female veterans and nonveterans were also most likely to work in management, professional, and related occupations. Half of female veterans worked in this occupational group in 2018, a higher proportion than female nonveterans (44 percent). Female veterans were less likely than female nonveterans to work in service occupations (15 percent versus 21 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “Employment Situation of Veterans — 2018.” We have more information on veterans. Veterans are men and women who previously served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were civilians when they were surveyed. People on active duty are not included in the survey.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Management, professional, and related occupations most common among veterans and nonveterans on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/management-professional-and-related-occupations-most-common-among-veterans.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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