There was a time when might made right, when the victor was
determined on the battlefield, and the tools of destruction
were the weapons of war. That time is past. Keeping our nation
safe and secure today involves much more than wielding a sword
against the enemy. The development of new technology and communications
systems has transformed the job of keeping our nation safe.
The weapons of war today include some of the same tools we
see in our schools: computers, communication devices, and
electronics. While we benefit from the advancements in the
telecommunications industry, so do our adversaries. We can
no longer protect the outer borders of our nation and feel
safe. The enemies of the present and future are bright, educated
individuals who require us to be prepared and keep a step
ahead. There is a great and steady demand for professionals
in security-related fields.
While law enforcement, criminal justice, and military intelligence
spring to mind as fields traditionally associated with security,
people with diverse and varied backgrounds are needed to keep
our country safe. For instance, the National Security Agency
alone hires more business management professionals than the
top 10% of the Fortune 500 companies combined. While important,
education, training, and background are not as critical in
todayís security job market as the individualís drive, innovation,
and ability to solve challenges creatively.
The field of security is a haven for computer scientists
and engineers. With training in development and support, a
multitude of jobs are available. Computer Scientists and Engineers
are often teamed with Mathematicians and Signals Analysts
to analyze, understand, and exploit the advanced signals that
threaten our security.
Individuals with a background in history, foreign language,
or education are also needed in security-related fields. As
Intelligence Analysts or translators, these individuals have
an impact on the actions of our leaders in the government.
Their research and written and oral assessments affect the
course of action taken. Language Analysts are in such high
demand that they often receive generous recruitment incentives,
especially if speakers are multi-lingual, or proficient in
Asian or Middle Eastern languages. Often candidates who are
fluent in one language will be hired and trained in another
language to suit the current needs of the country.
Researchers with a more creative bent are also in high demand
in the security sector. To stay ahead of the nationís adversaries,
new products must be developed and tested. Within the security
industry, inventors have opportunities to create much more
than the next new gadget. These visionaries use cutting-edge
technology to invent a safer tomorrow, leaving their marks
as technical legends.
To get almost any job in security one must pass a full background
investigation and pass a drug test. If security clearance
is required for hiring, this may take six months to a year.
The military employs the nationís greatest population of individuals
who possess security clearance. Often members of the armed
forces find gainful employment in security-related fields
when their terms are up. Itís important to plan ahead and
plot out your career path. The field of security is not for
the light-hearted. It is a serious subject, with serious implications.
Although it requires individuals to work under intense, stressful
conditions, the reward is a better future for everyone.
About the Author:
Francesca Black develops educational material for
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