When you’re choosing a career, you’re looking for something with stability. You want to know that your job isn’t going anywhere, that you can keep supporting yourself and your family.

If you’re looking for a new job or are interested in changing careers, there’s no better place to look than VA. We offer stable opportunities that are largely unaffected by the upheavals that can plague other professions, and with our mission to care for Veterans, you’ll know the work you’re doing matters.

Stability in service

Among the most stable careers out there belong to the health care industry. Health care is always a priority, and at VA, our mission to care for Veterans never stops. That means health care workers like doctors, nurses, physician assistants and medical technicians stay busy and in demand at our nearly 1,300 facilities.

In times of uncertainty, stress levels tend to skyrocket too. That causes more mental health challenges, more marital problems, and more substance abuse, according to a study published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. Because of that, counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and substance abuse workers stay in strong demand.

And health care is a team sport. For every clinical professional we employ, there are staff members who work behind the scenes to keep our facilities running smoothly. Medical assistants, janitors, technology specialists and hospital administrators support the front-line workers each and every day.

A growing need

The numbers don’t lie. Over the next 25 years, the number of female Veterans is expected to increase to about 18% of the Veteran population, which is also becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Hispanic Veterans are expected to double from 8% to 16%, while the number of Veterans who are Black is expected to increase from 13% to 15%.

Changing demographics mean VA will soon be caring for the most diverse group of Veterans in history, and we’ll need a workforce just as diverse to meet the needs of those Veterans.

Not only are the Veterans themselves more diverse, where they live, too, is diverse. Nearly a quarter of all Veterans in the United States—4.7 million—return from active military careers to reside in rural communities, and VA allocates 32% of its health care budget to rural Veteran care.

Benefits and balance

As the country’s largest integrated health care provider, VA has been recognized as one of the top five Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, and as one of America’s Best Large Employers, and that’s another form of stability you can count on. We offer numerous benefits that will make a difference for you and your family.

  • Competitive starting salaries. We offer our employees strong starting salaries based on education, training and experience. We also offer steady growth, with periodic pay raises that address inflation and local market changes.
  • Robust insurance options. You can choose from a variety of health maintenance organizations or fee-for-service health plans, and all cover preexisting conditions. Additionally, we pay up to 75% of health premiums, a benefit that can continue into retirement.
  • Flexible schedules. Our employees receive 13 to 26 paid vacation/personal days, as well as 13 sick days annually with no limit on accumulation, and we celebrate 11 paid federal holidays each year.
  • Education and leadership. We offer ongoing leadership development through every level of employment, whether it is mandatory programs or competitive opportunities. All leadership programs align the organization around a set of core competencies that facilitate career development through continuous learning, coaching/mentoring and assessment throughout your career.

Work at VA

If you’re looking for a stable career that will both challenge and reward you, look no further than VA.

By VA Careers

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Published on Aug. 9, 2022

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One Comment

  1. DWor August 15, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    It’s really nice that The VA helps people get jobs. The VA also helped me finish school. However, they said I don’t qualify to work for them in the skill that I trained for. You see, I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and having served 20 years in the US Military, I could really connect with other Service members with Mental Health issues. In my state I can start my own business and see clients and Legally diagnose clients and help them. However, I haven’t reached my 3000 client hours that the state requires to have the “Associate” designation removed which causes the VA to reject me from employment with them. It really is confusing that I can start a Business on my own without anyone’s authority over me and see clients, etc. But, the VA won’t hire me. So, just a common sense note to everyone: This entire (USA) Country is in bad need of Mental Health Counselors!! Our Brothers and Sisters in the Military Need Counselors!! And some VA big-wig who knows nothing about Mental Health Counselors decides I’m not qualified to help my fellow Military members!! Very sad. I chose this profession because I have a strong desire to help others. Thanks VA. (for being inept)
    And don’t bother emailing me with some BS excuse and explanation.

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