The four companies in this article are among the largest in the U.S. doing at least $5 million dollars of business per year. All of them value the experience and training veterans bring to the table and welcome veterans into their workforce. If transitioning out of the military soon, or a veteran already out and looking for a stable job with a big company, these four companies are good places to start.

Among the four companies are a variety of jobs, a need for a variety of degrees or training and positions in a variety of locations across the United States, giving veterans employment flexibility. When considering post military employment, research is key. Starting with a few large, military friendly employers can help give you an idea of the diverse missions and industries where vets are playing vital roles.


AECOM is an infrastructure specialty company that provides innovative project lifecycle solutions to transportation, building, water, government, energy and environmental challenges in public and private companies. In 2018, they did approximately $20.8 billion in revenue with their 86,000 employees spread across the U.S. and seven continents.

Their company is divided into four main segments:

  1. Design and Consulting
  2. Construction Services
  3. Capital
  4. Management Services

Top Jobs at AECOM

  • Aircraft/Aviation Technician
  • Diesel Engine Specialists
  • First-Line Supervisor – Mechanics, Installers and Repairers
  • Plumber/Pipefitter
  • Telecommunication Line Technician

Top Degrees at AECOM

  • Avionics Maintenance Technician
  • Building Construction Site Manager
  • Communications System Installation and Repair Technology
  • Pipe fitting and Sprinkler Fitter

Top Locations for AECOM jobs

  • Manitou Springs, CO
  • Boerne, TX

Northrop Grumman

One of the leading global security companies, they provide innovative systems, products and solutions to customers worldwide in the fields of autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike and logistics. They employ around 85,000 people in the U.S. and in 25 countries. Approximately 20% of their workforce are veterans with more than 1,600 traditional reservists currently still serving in the Reserves and National Guard.

Top Jobs at Northrop Grumman

  • Aircraft/Aviation Technician
  • CNC Tool Programmer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Software Application Developer
  • Software Systems Developer

Top Degrees at Northrop Grumman

  • Avionics Maintenance Technician
  • Computer and Information Systems Security and Information Assurance
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Top Locations for Northrop Grumman Jobs

  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Palmdale, CA
  • El Segundo, CA
  • San Diego, CA

Southern Company

A leading energy company, Southern has a utilities customer base of around 9 million. In addition to providing residential electrical power to customers in three states and commercial and industrial power in 13 states, they also provide natural gas through Southern Company Gas to 4 million customers in four states, along with providing fiber optics and various telecommunication services across the U.S.

With a business culture based on safety first, teamwork, dedication and superior performance, veterans easily transition to this company and succeed in rewarding and meaningful careers.

Top Jobs at Southern Company

  • Construction Technician
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Nuclear Power Operator
  • Solar Technician
  • Wind Turbine Technician

Top Degrees at Southern Company

  • Computer & Information Systems Security/ Information Assurance
  • Construction/Heavy Equipment/ Earthmoving Equipment Operation
  • Diesel Mechanics Technician
  • Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technician
  • Solar Energy Technician

Top Locations for Southern Company Jobs

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Augusta, GA

J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.

With more than 20,000 employees in 400 facilities, they are one of the largest (and best) land transportation companies. Named six times to IDG Computerworld’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” list and awarded the “Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers” award multiple times, they not only offer truck driving jobs (both independent and company-driven) , but also have jobs in administrative and maintenance.

Top Jobs 

  • Diesel Engine Specialist
  • First-line Supervisor: Mechanics, Installers & Repairer
  • First-line Supervisor: Transportation, Material – Moving and Vehicle Operator
  • CDL Driver/Operator
  • Software Systems Developer

Top Degrees

  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Diesel Mechanics Technician
  • Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor
  • Welding Technology

Top Locations for J.B. Hunt Jobs

  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Atlanta, GA
  • South Gate, CA

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Kness retired in November 2007 as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer after serving 36 years of service with the Minnesota Army National Guard of which 32 of those years were in a full-time status along with being a traditional guardsman. Kness takes pride in being able to still help veterans, military members, and families as they struggle through veteran and dependent education issues.