Hot Clearance Jobs for 2017

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If you have an active federal security clearance, you have every reason to trust 2017 is going to be a great year. Your talent is in demand. Here are five particularly hot career tracks for 2017.

1. Data Scientist

Data scientist hit our list of top jobs in 2016, and it’s still there. Why? Both the private and public sector are faced with mountains of data – and the need for good professionals to decipher it.

2. Interpreter/Translator

By 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 29 percent employment growth for interpreters and translators, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Interpreters are needed to support a variety of government efforts, from intelligence analysis to customs and border enforcement. If you have language skills, you’ll likely have great cleared career options.

3. Web Developer

Employment of web developers is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024. Median pay is also higher than most occupations – $64,970 per year in 2015. Add at least 10 percent to that if you have an active federal security clearance.

4. Risk Management Director

This is a great career option for transitioning veterans, who are right at home in high-risk situations. And while hurricanes and floods may be what comes to mind, risk management today is as likely to involve Insider Threats and cybersecurity breaches.

5. Information Assurance Analyst

When it comes to high growth, high pay career fields, few are higher than cybersecurity. Information assurance analysts get the tough but satisfying job of assessing their organization’s cyber defenses. Median pay for 2017 is projected to be $98,900, and 10-year job growth is 18 percent.

Lindy Kyzer is the editor of She loves the NISPPAC, social media, and the U.S. military. Have a conference, tip, or story idea to share? Email Interested in writing for Learn more here.

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