In 2016, 20% of companies hiring Proposal Writers required security clearance. This is not surprising given the number of government contractors in Greater Washington, D.C.
14% of positions required Secret Clearance; 6% required Top Secret Clearance; and 4% required Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS SCI).
Top Companies Requiring Security Clearance in 2016 include:
- Lockheed Martin
- Harris Corporation
- CTI Resource Management Service
- General Dynamics
- BAE Systems Group
- Michael Baker Corporation
- Iron Mountain, Inc.
- Octo Consulting Group
Developing an understanding of security clearance and how it impacts your career path is important. In the D.C. area, having this qualification can give you a distinct advantage when applying for jobs.
Individuals cannot independently apply for security clearance. Applicants must be sponsored by a cleared contractor or a government entity. These are government agencies or companies that send, receive, or develop information that the government has identified as important to national security.
There are 3 types of security clearance:
Confidential: Unauthorized disclosure of information could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security.
Secret: Unauthorized disclosure of information could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.
Top Secret: Unauthorized disclosure of information could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.
There is no civilian clearance higher than Top Secret. However, Top Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) or Special Access Program (SAP) classifications have additional controls on dissemination beyond those associated with the classification level alone.
The purpose of a security clearance is to determine if a person is able and willing to safeguard classified national security information and is based on the individuals’ loyalty, trustworthiness, character and reliability. This is determined by an initial application and detailed investigation. Type of clearance depends on the responsibilities of the position.
Reasons for denial of security clearance may include issues such as allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, personal misconduct, drug or alcohol abuse, mental health issues, criminal conduct and financial problems.
If you are a Proposal Writer interested in finding a position that deals with U.S. government security issues, how are you directing your career toward a company that will sponsor you for security clearance? Security clearance will be a critical qualification to achieve your career goals.