Security clearance is a valuable asset, particularly in the government sector and fields that do government contracting work. These fields include finance, science, and security. Below are a number of careers in which veterans with security clearance may find opportunities.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians||$62,190||2%||Ability to conform to rules and follow procedures; technician/repair skills|
|Information Security Analysts||$92,600||28%||Ability to work under pressure, self-direction; cybersecurity experience|
|Software Developers||$102,280||24%||Ability to work as a team leader and a team player; programming skills|
|Accountants and Auditors||$68,150||10%||Standards of quality and commitment to excellence; recordkeeping|
|Cartographers and Photogrammetrists||$62,750||19%||Global outlook; geoinformation systems training|
Source: *U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics
Civilian Careers in Which Security Clearance is Benefit
Many careers in the civilian workforce require security clearance at some level. Veterans who have already obtained their clearance may have an advantage in these fields largely because of the cost savings for clearance applications and the ability to begin work immediately.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
Military veterans with experience as technicians or testers/repairers may find many additional opportunities due to their security clearance. Combined with their hands-on military experience, they may stand out from other candidates.
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians work under the supervision of engineers. They develop and test prototypes according to engineering guidelines. They also maintain testing equipment. Technicians often perform testing and evaluation of parts and materials as well as prototypes to ensure performance during use in all possible circumstances. This position requires an associate's degree.
Information Security Analysts
Because of the sensitive nature of information security analysis, it is often necessary to obtain security clearance to obtain a job in this field. This is particularly true for government agencies and contractors. Veterans with computer science and cybersecurity experience can apply their commitment to excellence and global outlook to this career.
Information security analysts are the cyberwarfare specialists of the civilian workforce. They perform security testing and analysis of business and government computers and networks to ensure that they are safe and secure from hacking. These tests may range from physical inspection of networks to actually conducting attack scenarios upon their own systems to expose flaws. A bachelor's degree is necessary.
Software developers with security clearance may have many more opportunities than those without. Industries like aerospace, which often requires specialized mission-specific software, as well as cybersecurity may require clearance for most positions. Veterans' teamwork skills and their ability to work under pressure may also work in their favor for a career in software development.
Software developers design and write the programs that allow computers and apps to perform all of the tasks that they do. Software makes computers valuable to the world economy. Some developers write application software, while others work on the operating systems that function behind the view of the user. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
Accountants and Auditors
Veterans with experience in financial oversight or record keeping understand just how much information accountants and auditors have access to. Because of their access to almost every contract and payment, security clearance is often required, particularly for companies that work (even remotely) with defense, intelligence, or tax contracting. Cleared veterans with professional recordkeeping and management experience may find many career opportunities in this field.
Accountants and auditors compile data and prepare financial reports. They also pay taxes and if working for tax agencies may be involved in collections. Auditors also oversee the financial affairs of companies and are intimately familiar with many details of production and contracts. A bachelor's degree is generally required and professional certifications may be necessary for specific roles.
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Veterans with experience in geolocation systems and communications intelligence collection can put their systematic planning and organization skills to work as cartographers and photogrammetrists. Geographic information is often important to government agencies and contractors. Because much of this work is created for intelligence purposes, security clearance is often required.
Cartographers and photogrammetrists create maps. They may focus on a variety of techniques to display different types of data, from topography to income distribution or land use. Those working these careers may be involved in research and preparation of geolocation data or maps in digital or graphic forms. These may be used by governments or for legal, political and social purposes. They may design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems. These positions require a bachelor's degree, and some states have licensure requirements.