Fields & Career Paths

Determining your career path is an important first step toward taking advantage of your GI Bill benefits. It will help determine which institution and degree program is the right fit for you.

Find out what kind of career best fits you.

  • What do you like to do?
  • Identify the skills you currently have and have utilized in the military.
  • Learn about the qualifications needed for careers that interest you.
  • Contact people who work in fields that you are interested in and discuss possible careers with them.
  • Meet with an academic counselor to discuss career paths that take advantage of your background and interests.

Learn how to convert the skills from your military service into a civilian career. has an interactive database that will help translate the skills you developed in the armed forces into the civilian job sector.

Find out more information about various careers.

A good resource to help you learn more about the education or training needed for various professions, along with their earnings and job placement potential, is the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.


The Department of Labor has some very good information available on their O*NET website you may find helpful. This information includes salary information, career options based on your skills, interests, abilities and more.

The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. The database also provides the basis for Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers. To access the O*NET website click here.