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In this episode of the Security Clearance Careers Podcast, the content team drills down on the top 10 preferred fields or niches within the national security sector.


TOP FIVE PREFERRED FIELDS IN NATIONAL SECURITY connects employers with security-cleared job seekers and provides job seekers with access to thousands of job postings and a variety of career resources, including resume writing tips, job search advice, and security clearance information. The site also offers tools for employers, such as applicant tracking and resume search capabilities, to help them find qualified candidates quickly and efficiently. Want to know what candidates fields cleared candidates want to support? Here are the top options candidates tell ClearanceJobs they want.

1. Intelligence

The Department of Defense (DoD) has various intelligence jobs available for individuals with different skills and backgrounds. The DoD employs intelligence professionals to support its efforts in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence in order to protect the national security of the United States. Some of the intelligence jobs available within the DoD include Intelligence Analyst, Counterintelligence Officer, HUMINT Collector, Signals Intelligence Analyst, and Geospatial Intelligence Analyst. These positions require different levels of education, experience, and specialized skills.

2. Military and Law Enforcement

Law enforcement jobs within the DoD are vital to ensuring the safety and security of military personnel, their families, and civilians on DoD properties. These law enforcement jobs include positions such as military police officers, special agents, and security officers. Military police officers are responsible for enforcing laws and regulations on DoD installations.

3. IT – Security

IT security jobs are in high demand, given the increasing dependence of businesses and individuals on technology and the growing threat of cyber attacks. There is a wide range of IT security jobs available, from entry-level positions to senior management roles. Some common IT security job titles include Security Analyst, Security Engineer, Information Security Manager, Network Security Engineer, and Cybersecurity Consultant.

4. Management

Management jobs in national security are critical positions that oversee the safety and wellbeing of a nation. These jobs require an individual to have a deep understanding of national security policies and procedures, as well as strong leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills.

5. Aerospace and Aviation

Aerospace and aviation jobs in the DoD include aircraft mechanics, engineers, pilots, air traffic controllers, and more. One of the most sought-after jobs in the DoD aerospace and aviation sector is that of a pilot. Pilots are responsible for flying military aircraft, including fighter jets, transport planes, and helicopters. They are trained to execute a variety of missions, from air-to-ground combat to transporting troops and equipment. The DoD also offers a variety of positions for mechanics, engineers, air traffic controllers, and other professionals.

Following these top five, the IT – Support, Logistics, Security, IT – Software, and Business – Support categories were highly sought after by job seekers.

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Katie Helbling is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 10+ 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! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ