Pathways for Military Veterans to Enter Healthcare Careers

Authors: Cyndy Snyder, PhD | Keren H. Wick, PhD | Susan Skillman, MS | Bianca Frogner, PhD

Topics: Education and Training

Research Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies

May 1, 2016

Over the next 5 years, approximately 1.5 million military service members will separate from the military. As a growing industry, healthcare may hold job opportunities, especially for entry level allied health positions, that are ideal for military veterans transitioning into the civilian sector. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many veterans, including those with healthcare experience, have difficulties entering civilian healthcare occupations.

This report investigates veterans’ barriers to smooth career transitions into healthcare careers, with a focus on allied health occupations. In addition, it examines the types of programs and policies designed to assist veterans to overcome barriers in their pursuit of healthcare careers.

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University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies