The Secret Service is known for its high principles, sense of honor, and dedication to safety and security, making it an ideal choice for those who have served in the Armed Forces. Below you will find a list of some of the jobs available with the Secret Service for veterans.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2017)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Officer (Uniformed Division)||$26,900 (for all security guards)||6% (for all security guards)||protection and safety knowledge|
|Manpower Resource Specialist||$33,680 (for all information clerks)||3% (for all information clerks||database maintenance and knowledge of protective equipment|
|IT Specialist (Applications Software)||$52,810 (for all computer support specialists)||11% (for all computer support specialists)||programming and design|
|Special Agent||$62,960 (for all police and detectives)||7% (for all police and detectives)||safety strategy knowledge, investigation|
|Special Officer||$62,960 (for all police and detectives)||7% (for all police and detectives)||firearm knowledge and screening technologies|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Relevance to Military Background
Veterans uphold and demonstrate the qualities of leadership, dependability, integrity, and ambition, which make them ideal candidates for Secret Service jobs. Veterans can receive a Secret Service appointment through the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act if they have been honorably separated from service.
Officer (Uniformed Division)
Uniformed Division Officers are tasked with protecting important U.S. facilities and venues, including providing protection for the White House Complex and the Naval Observatory. Officers can find placement within the canine unit, emergency response team, counter-sniper team, and many others. Relocation expenses to Washington, DC are covered.
Manpower Resource Specialist
Being a Manpower Resource Specialist means conducting cost analysis, analyzing personnel man-hours, tracking protective support equipment, and maintaining databases. This position is located in Washington, DC, but some travel may be required. For this position, an applicant must possess either a master's degree, 2 years of higher education, or have at least one year of GS-7 level experience or higher.
IT Specialist (Applications Software)
This IT Specialist position is an internship with direct hire potential. It is a full-time paid internship in which the duties include maintaining and modernizing current technologies. There is no travel associated with this position. To qualify for this internship the applicant must be a recent college graduate with the exception of veterans who are allowed to apply up to 6 years after completing their degree program.
Special Agents receive their training primarily in Washington, DC but frequent travel is a component of this job. Special Agents examine financial crimes, computer-based attacks, and help develop strategies to ensure the safety of U.S. leaders. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to pass a physical abilities test because the job can be demanding.
Much like Special Agents, Special Officers are mostly trained in Washington, DC but are often sent to different facilities for work. Special Officers deal greatly with security and must have a vast knowledge of firearms, and using monitoring devices such as x-rays, alarm systems, and video surveillance.