It’s easy to think of jobs that are plentiful in the Department of Defense requiring a security clearance. Cybersecurity? Of course. Intelligence analysis? Obviously. Any other technical field? Obviously.

What about the jobs that fly under the radar? Here are three clearance jobs in the defense industry you might not expect.

Cleared Nursing

If you have a background in a clinical setting and find a company willing to sponsor your clearance, ClearanceJobs has partners with opportunities in the healthcare and nursing fields. Anything from a registered nurse to a certified nursing assistant, to a cleared physician, and much more. Healthcare careers are diverse, and ClearanceJobs partners have opportunities for you state side, or in overseas settings like the Bahamas.

Top Secret Chef

Do you have experience in the food service industry? Are you the next Gordon Ramsey? You may have never thought of utilizing your culinary skills in a top-secret setting, but cleared culinary contractors serve both in the U.S. and abroad. Whether you picked up your culinary skills and clearance in the military or you’re a chef in training interested in adding a side of security to your career, ClearanceJobs’ clients are ready for your Hell’s Kitchen talents.

Cleared Butler

Support some of the most exciting and meaningful missions around the world by working as a cleared butler for an ambassador or other government customer overseas. Anyone with an event planning or service industry background would thrive in a role of this nature. Does maintaining wine inventory sound interesting? Does perfecting the presentation of flower arrangements sound soothing? Take on these roles along with navigating the diverse world of international leaders and geopolitical changes as the right hand of foreign service staff.


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Katie Keller is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 8+ years in the DoD supporting multiple contractors with recruitment strategy, staffing augmentation, marketing, & communications. Favorite type of beer: IPA. Fave hike: the Grouse Grind, Vancouver, BC. Fave social platform: ClearanceJobs! 🇺🇸