Retired from the military - top 20 jobs

Research by Money Magazine and Salary.com: When it's time to stand down, you'd like an easy transition, a lot of stability and a job that makes use of what you know.

Operations or Intelligence Analyst
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Operations or Intelligence Analyst
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Perhaps the easiest transition of them all. Your security clearance is the golden ticket to a job with a defense contractor. Intelligence and operations offer a diverse set of opportunities - there are even international jobs to be had.
Median Pay: $68,900
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
Most people make:
90% in this job make more than:
$43,200 $42,600
Top earners:
10% in this job make more than:
$88,500 $89,300
10-year Job Growth: 36% 
Growth in Jobs 17,402
Total openings 204,500
Career Description
Collects and analyzes data to evaluate operational difficulties and makes recommendations to solve problems. Develops and follows modeling and evaluation processes to determine the effectiveness of current operational activities to determine problem areas and develop solutions. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. May lead and direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.
Education/Experience
Requires a bachelor's degree and 4-7 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
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