Surprising Places Your Security Clearance is in Demand

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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Victoria Ochoa)

Mention the name Silicon Valley and most people will instantly think Facebook, Google, or Netflix.

Less obvious is the presence of numerous defense contractors, and the fact that many consumer-oriented technology companies have also obtained lucrative government contracts.

As it turns out, the same cutting-edge technologies so exciting to consumers are also of considerable interest to the feds. The internet, cell phones, and global positioning systems were all government-funded projects before they exploded into the mainstream.

But with the increasing government investment in entrepreneurial-minded Silicon Valley, a clash of cultures – methodical, predictable government on one hand and the Wild West of business on the other – was inevitable.

An opinion article from earlier this year entitled, “The Culture Clash of Government and Silicon Valley” is one critic’s take on the result, and a fascinating one at that. Despite the macro-level concerns about government subsidies destroying the type of “Darwinism” that has historically separated the Facebook’s of the world from the MySpace’s, there is a distinct benefit of government involvement in Silicon Valley for security clearance holders: you’re now in demand there.

That does, of course, assume that you can manage to find a house to purchase for under two million dollars in Silicon Valley’s astronomically expensive real estate market – and that you’re cool with the overbearing nanny state government here in what I like to call the People’s Republic of California.

But assuming you can bite the bullet on those two little details, Silicon Valley has a lot going for it:  no nasty Washington, D.C. summer humidity; a short drive to both ocean and mountains; and next-door neighbors who can fix just about every technical problem you’re likely ever to encounter in consumer life.

So if you’re a clearance holder ready to really mix things up, polish that resume then take a look at openings in Silicon Valley on ClearanceJobs.com.

That’s either opportunity knocking or your new neighbor, the twenty-five-year-old billionaire startup founder and venture capitalist.

 

This article is intended as general information only and should not be construed as legal advice. Consult an attorney regarding your specific situation. 

Security Clearance Attorney Sean M. Bigley represents clients worldwide in security clearance denials and revocations. He is a former investigator for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit www.bigleylaw.com