Did you know there are 4.2 million jobs in the United States that require a security clearance? A security clearance — defined as “a status granted to individuals allowing them access to classified information . . . or to restricted areas after completion of a thorough background check” — opens the door to many government jobs, especially in the IT field. A few stats from the infographic linked below really stand out:
- $90,865 – Average annual salary of an American citizen with a security clearance.
- $135,154 – Average annual salary of an American citizen with a security clearance working abroad.
- Telecommuting is the No. 1 benefit for employees.
- Engineering and Information Technology are the best paying jobs for workers with a security clearance.