Government Cyber Security Jobs for Veterans With Technical, Organizational Skills Along with Security Clearances – How to Apply
Veterans and soon to be discharged active duty personnel looking for cyber security government jobs often have a hard time matching up the skills and experience they acquired while in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard to requirements listed in civilian job postings. There is a growing shortage of cyber security talent that military veterans and soon to be ex-military can fill. Veterans are a good match for cyber security jobs with their existing security clearances and technical skills in electronics and hardware.
Government cyber security jobs generally offer a comprehensive benefits package for the candidate and their family. Veterans often already have required minimum qualifications and can apply for preferential hiring. Some employers may run a credit check, Active Duty can get a free credit report from all three major credit reporting agnecies.
Minimum Government Cyber Security Job Requirements
- US Citizenship
- No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance
- Mandatory Security clearances
- Fluency in the English language
Government cyber security jobs include programmers, general IT skills, system administrators, cyber security analysts, inspectors for electronic devices and hardware equipment. Security clearances and integrity are a must. Just last week the Feds busted a New York contractor for selling Chinese made hardware to US Military installations passing it of as made in the USA.
Veterans offer great value to government civilian jobs and the private sector because of their experience with the branches of service, documented work history, and government security clearances. Military Veterans can sometimes use education in lieu of experience or other job qualification requirements: Education probably has to be awarded from an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to be credited towards qualifications.
Many websites, including Google job searches, let veterans find cyber security government with convenient skill and job codes they used while on active duty.
Using Google.com, military veterans looking for government cyber security jobs can search by military occupation code (Search by MOS, AFSC, NEC, or rating)
FAA Government Cyber Security Jobs
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers government jobs to qualified US military veterans and personnel that are to be discharged soon. Most FAA jobs require security clearances and the ability to pass an FAA medical. They require technical skills with electronics, Hardware, and computers that make a perfect fit for anyone interested in electronics in cyber security. Vets have US Citizenship that is required for most cyber security jobs. Applicants also need clean drug screenings, security clearances, and English fluency. Other qualifications include no chemical dependencies or drug abuse history. The FAA offers attractive salaries and benefits.
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To get Veterans’ preference for government jobs applicants must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. Veterans claiming ten-point preference must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15 and your application shows that you have the required service.
Prior to being hired, Veterans must the Human Resources department with DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable.
IT Specialist (Systems Analysis) – Military Veterans
Federal Aviation Administration
This government cyber security job pays $97,021 to $150,410 per year working for the FAA. There is an additional relocation payment of $27,000.
IT Specialist (Systems Analysis) job provides around the clock enterprise network operational support monitoring overseeing critical services and applications. They ensure all procedures and actions are taken to protect the integrity of the National Airspace (NAS.)
IT Specialists act as an enterprise system network expert in support of IT systems and IT services across the NAS Security and Enterprise Services (NASEO) Directorate.
This cyber security job requires knowledge and experience working across functional and organizational lines. The job requires innovation for developing new or modified processes taking into consideration FAA policies, government-wide regulations, and industry standards.
US Government IT specialists work directly with the Operations Integration, Operations Support, In Service Management, and other FAA organizations during the implementation of new or modified systems and services to ensure operational readiness.
To view the complete qualifications standard, applicants should reference-U.S. Office of Personnel Management Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Information Technology Management Series, 2210 (Alternative A) https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-management-series-2210-alternative-a/
Aviation Safety Inspector, Principal Maintenance Inspector
This government cyber security job pays $102,040 to $132,649 annually. Requirements include a High School diploma or equivalent, a driver’s license, and Aviation Safety Series, 1825. Applicants cannot have any chemical dependencies or drug abuse history that could interfere with job performance. Aviation Safety Inspectors must pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA and maintain an FAA second class medical.
Aviation Safety Inspectors are responsible for initial and ongoing certification of air carrier, aircraft, airmen, and air agencies. They also make recommendations on the appointment of designees.
Government Aviation Safety Inspectors are the primary airworthiness interface between air carriers, air operators, air agencies, airmen, and designees and the Federal Aviation Administration. They have program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration programs.
For more information, read the Safety Inspector description.
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FAA Computer Scientist
Federal Aviation Administration
FAA Computer Scientists apply comprehensive technical knowledge and experience with advanced analytics tools and predictive modeling skills to identify, address, and evaluate safety issues with complex automated air traffic systems, airspace redesign, engineering and procedure changes, and the implementation of innovative air transportation systems.
As a principal technical specialist, the Computer Scientist applies comprehensive technical knowledge of the Safety Management System to conduct independent safety assessments of automated NAS systems, operations and procedures. The incumbent leads audit teams responsible for reviewing safety analysis in the Safety Management Tracking System for NAS changes and/or current risk assessments. Using knowledge of the NAS, the incumbent analyzes new air transportation system safety initiatives; identifies problems or issues that frequently cross and impact all operational service units; and recommends improvements.
The incumbent uses experience evaluating and assessing airspace and/or air traffic system changes to recommend risk mitigation strategies and to identify problems or issues that frequently cross and affect all operational service units. Using Federal Aviation Administration Test and Evaluation policies, guidelines and processes, the incumbent monitors and assesses system, policies and procedures and verifies the effectiveness of risk mitigations across the ATO.
Aviation Safety Inspector (AW), Principal Avionics Inspector
Federal Aviation Administration
This government job is good for those who acquired strong organizational skills in the US Military. It pays from $102,040 to $132,649 per year.
The Aviation Safety Inspector Principal Avionics Inspector functions as the primary airworthiness interface between air carriers, air operators, air agencies, airmen, and designees and the Federal Aviation Administration located at the FSDO.
The AWI develops maintenance program requirements through participation on Maintenance Review Board. They coordinate Minimum Equipment List (MEL) approvals with the principal operations inspector and take enforcement action in instances of noncompliance with the MEL. The AWI Is responsible for the conduct of enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports and recommendations on disposition. They perform or supervise the emergency suspension of certificates or cancellation of operations specifications.
The AWI is responsible for the conduct of enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports and recommendations on disposition. They also conduct or direct the reexamination of certificated airmen or recertification of an operator or agency.
Aviation Safety Inspectors conduct investigations of public complaints, congressional inquiries, and aircraft incidents and accidents. They provide verbal and/or written technical assistance to legal counsel, testifies at court trials and formal hearings, and gives depositions.
Aviation Safety Inspectors must have aircraft avionics experience involving maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of installed avionics systems on aircraft. They must have aircraft avionics work experience (which could include supervision or auditing) in a repair station, air carrier repair facility, military repair facility, or local, state or Federal governmental agency within the last 3 years.
For more information regarding the minimum eligibility requirements for Aviation Safety Inspectors please visit the following website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1800/1825.htm
Airway Transportation Systems Specialist (ATSS)
Federal Aviation Administration
This government cyber security related job pays $38,028 to $57,043 annually and may require 76% or more travel. US military veterans are ideal candidates for this government job as it requires background checks, a security clearance, and drug testing.
ATSS personnel install, maintain, modify and certify electronic equipment and lighting aids associated with facilities and services required for aviation navigation to assure a reliable, safe, and smooth flow of air traffic. This involves radar, communications, automation, and navigational aids equipment as well as airport lighting aids and electrical/mechanical equipment supporting facilities on and off airports within the network of the National Airspace System.
Airway Transportation Systems Specialist use electronic test equipment to inspect and analyses electronic equipment, implement corrective maintenance, troubleshooting and repair or replacement of malfunctioning equipment, and for certifications.
ATSS personnel may be required to maintain entire facilities, including electronic equipment, electrical power distribution, emergency backup power conditioning systems, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; electronic equipment only; or power and HVAC systems only.
Many ATSS personnel work out of offices located at or near airports and on service equipment located on airports, in Air Traffic Control Towers, other remote facilities and in open fields, or even on remote mountain tops. It is often necessary to drive significant distances (100-200 miles) to reach facilities. ATSS personnel also work in Air Route Traffic Control Centers
Environmental Protection Specialist
Federal Aviation Administration
Not all government cyber security jobs are related to electronics, maintenance, or inspections. This government job requires 25% or less travel.
An FAA Environmental Protection Specialist must have knowledge and experience performing, developing and reviewing Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA) or Categorical Exclusions (CATEX).
This position serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Office of Airports (ARP), Planning & Programming Branch/Eastern Region in support of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).
This position serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Office of Airports (ARP) in support of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The Environmental Protection Specialist provides specialized technical services to ensure compliance with NEPA and other federal environmental laws for airport development and planning projects.
Duties include but are not limited to tracking and providing guidance on the environmental analysis, agency consultation, public involvement and preparation of environmental documents in accordance with NEPA and FM requirements. These include Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS Participate in the development of Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Records of Decisions (ROD).
Environmental Protection Specialists provide specialized technical services related to Airport Noise Compatibility Studies prepared pursuant to 14 CFR Part 150 and Notice and Approval of Airport Noise and Access Restriction prepared pursuant to 14 CFR Part 161. They assist in the preparation of Federal Register Notice, Records of Approval, and other documents. Provides technical input and guidance to Planners, Engineers, and airport sponsors in the development of Airport Capital Improvement Plans and Master plans to ensure compliance with NEPA and other environmental laws.
They also provide technical input and guidance to Part 139 inspectors and other lines of business to minimize environmental impacts while promoting airport/aviation safety.
The Federal Aviation Administration lists open jobs along with what Veterans needs to qualify for preferred applicant status. Many FAA cyber security jobs offer hiring preferences to military veterans as long as they can supply required documentation.
Need Cyber Security Training?
If you have the hands-on field experience required for any of the above FAA government jobs they don’t have the necessary clerical or analytical skills you may want to try one of the following training programs. These are online courses can be taken at your own pace and they’re all low-cost. They can be used to qualify you for government cyber security jobs as well as the private sector.
Useful Computer Science and Data Science Skills for Veterans
- IBM Data Science Professional Certificate by IBM
- Java Programming and Software Engineering Fundamentals Duke University
- Mathematics for Machine Learning by Imperial College London
- Cloud Computing by University of Illinois
- Data Mining by University of Illinois
- Applied Data Science with Python by University of Michigan
- Data in Database by Arizona State University
- Excel Skills for Business by Macquarie University
- Financial Management by University of Illinois
- Financial Reporting by University of Illinois
- Leading – Human Resource Management and Leadership by Macquarie University
Michelle writes about cyber security as well as how to protect data online. She has worked in internet technology for over 20 years Michelle earned a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michelle published a guide to Cyber Security for Business Travelers