Texans love to boast about their state. Apparently, if you’re not boasting about the state, then you ain’t Texan. However, the Lone Star State has a lot to offer its residents – especially its cleared residents.

4 Reasons to Check out the Cleared Life in Texas

While it’s hard to find perfection here, Texas residents tend to think it comes pretty close to it in their state. And if you don’t agree, they respond with, “It’s a Texas thang, y’all wouldn’t understand.” Cleared jobs are all over the country and the world, and it’s always helpful to know what kind of options are out there.

1. It’s Like a Whole Other Country

For starters, the state is large. It is the size of another country, and is bigger than some countries. But aside from its size, Texas has a lot to offer within its borders. From desert scene to caverns to canyons to gulf coast beaches to cities, you can spend a lot of time exploring and taking in many sites.  Whether you’re in the mood for the San Antonio riverwalk vibe or or you want to spend some time remembering the Alamo or you want to visit NASA, Texas has a lot to offer for everyone. Whatever your vibe, Texas has something for you. While crawfish, boot stores, and rodeos might be a thing in Texas, the state has a lot more to offer.

2. Everything’s Bigger in Texas

“If you grab enough Texas land, something’ good is bound to happen.” There’s a lot of land and opportunity to be had in Texas, and the cleared career world is proof of that. Texas has a long history with aerospace with Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong training for their Apollo 11 mission in Texas. This history, as well as their national security landscape could make San Antonio a contender for the new home of the U.S. Space Command.

Defense giants like Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems are expanding in the state. Texas has a national security presence with military bases and contractor jobs that are on the lookout for top talent. According to Amentum’s resource manager, Maria Morrone, “Everything is bigger in Texas – including opportunity!  With super low housing costs and U.S. News and World Report touting Texas as the state expected to see the most cybersecurity growth, it’s a great time for employees to join the Amentum team in Texas.  In San Antonio, Amentum is even able to sponsor entry level candidates for TS/SCI with Polygraph clearances to start full time work in the security field.  Details about these special opportunities can be found at www.globalaccesscontrol.com.”

3. Don’t Mess with Texas.

Texas is on the upward growth trend with more people moving to the state each year and jobs creation growth on its way up too. With cybersecurity in demand, states like Texas have gained attention as a leader in cybersecurity growth. Factors like STEM-oriented higher education programs, research and development facilities, and national security agencies, military bases, and defense contractors all support the fact that Texas is putting assets in place today to build up a stronger cybersecurity presence tomorrow.

San Antonio has been called “Cyber City” as it has grown over the years as a cybersecurity hub. San Antonio, home the Air Force Cyber Command and NSA Texas, has the highest concentration of cyber and intelligence professionals. The city boasts of over 140 cybersecurity firms.

“To further develop San Antonio’s cybersecurity dominance, we’re focused on talent development tailored to industry needs in the cybersecurity industry,” said Tom Long, Chief Development Officer of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. “It’s a strategy gaining attention and investment from cybersecurity operations large and small, as well as large corporations with significant internal cybersecurity hub operations.”

4. “Texas has four seasons. Drought, Flood, Blizzard, and Twister.”

The weather isn’t always bad, but it can be a factor. If you can’t take the heat, you might want to stay in the air conditioning during a Texas summer. However, with a diverse and large landscape, Texan weather varies by location. While housing prices are cheaper than the rest of the country, utilities in Texas are about even. And with a higher usage of water and electricity in the hotter seasons, you may want to save up a few extra bucks to be prepared for the heat. While the summers are hot, the early spring and late fall can be downright pleasant with temps in the 70s. And if you love snow, you may still see it during the winter in the northern part of Texas.

Say Howdy to Texas

If an affordable lifestyle is on your list of needs right now, Texas has a lot to offer you with no state income and cheaper housing costs. At the same time, Texas has jobs, opportunity to offer to those in national security – especially in cybersecurity. Job searching is challenging – especially during a pandemic, but the opportunities to try out life in a new state are there.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.