Security Clearance Jobs for Veterans
Many clearance jobs are with state or federal agencies. Obviously agencies that fall under the US Intelligence Community are always in need of cleared workers. A few of these agencies are:
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Homeland Security
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Office of National Security Intelligence
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- National Reconnaissance Office
- The United States Secret Service
It isn’t only state, federal or governmental agencies that want to hire veterans with clearances. Companies that have government contracts also hire for clearance jobs. Government contracts refer to private companies that supply various items or materials to the Armed Forces via the Pentagon or Congress.
The biggest challenge many veterans have is finding a way to translate their prior skill sets and experience into terminology which these non-military companies can understand. But translating your experience is not as difficult as it may seem.
Applying for Clearance Jobs
When you type up your résumé, use the same words they do. Don’t try to look over your old performance reports and fill your resume with military jargon if you’re applying for a private-sector job, unless you are certain they will understand. There are many online tools that can assist with these types of “translations,” such as O*Net.
When reviewing job postings, we recommend printing out the ones which interesting you and then highlighting the keywords which stand out in the job requirements section. You’ll often notice that the things they are describing are things you’ve done in your past, but they are simply using different words.
Taking a broad look at all clearance jobs, the median income is nearly $85,000, with the top 25% earning about $115,000 or more. Variables include everything from the sector you work in, the number of years of experience you’ve got, the geographic location you work in and of course the clearance level you possess.Tim Malloy2021-01-13T10:46:42-04:00