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The Jacksonville region is known for its strong military presence and commitment to supporting the career pathways of veterans. With a diverse economy and a wide variety of industries, the area offers a range of employment opportunities for veterans transitioning into civilian life. Here are some of the main areas that veterans can investigate as they move to their second act:

Transportation & Logistics

Jacksonville is known as America’s Logistics Center largely because it offers companies same-day access to more than 98 million consumers. Northeast Florida offers excellent employment opportunities for veterans with experience in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. Expertise in logistics operations, fleet management, inventory control, and transportation coordination are valuable skills in industries such as shipping, warehousing, distribution, and freight forwarding. Companies operating in the Jacksonville area include Amazon, Crowley, Landstar, Suddath and UPS.

Life Sciences

The healthcare and biomedical sectors in the Jacksonville region are expanding rapidly, offering numerous career prospects for veterans with medical training or experience. Jacksonville boasts renowned medical facilities, including the Mayo Clinic, UF Health and the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, which provide healthcare services to veterans and active-duty personnel. Veterans with skills in nursing, medical technology, administration, and mental health support can find rewarding positions in both public and private healthcare institutions.

Advanced Manufacturing

Northeast Florida has a thriving manufacturing and aerospace industry, making it an attractive destination for veterans seeking employment in these sectors. Companies such as Boeing and Northrop Grumman have a significant presence in the region, creating opportunities for veterans with technical expertise in engineering, aviation maintenance, quality control, and project management. Jacksonville’s strategic location and transportation infrastructure also contribute to the region’s manufacturing and logistics sectors, providing veterans with opportunities in supply chain management, operations, and distribution.

Technology Services

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the demand for IT professionals and cybersecurity experts continues to rise. Veterans with backgrounds in communications, network administration, information security, or computer programming can find promising careers in Jacksonville’s growing technology industry. The region is home to numerous technology companies, startups, and defense contractors that value veterans’ strong analytical skills, problem-solving abilities, and adaptability, including FIS, Newfold Digital, Forcura, Beeline and Dun & Bradstreet.

Jacksonville is committed to help service personnel from every branch and every discipline transition easily and effectively into a career path that is both fulfilling and rewarding.  With one of the largest ex-military communities in the United States, veterans can feel welcome in the Jacksonville region and pursue Career Pathways that leverage their service experience with the recognition they deserve.