What Is the Best Civilian Job for Former Military Special Forces?

Transitioning from a Special Forces job in the military to the civilian workforce is challenging. There are not many civilian positions where the specific job-related skills match well. As a highly trained and experienced specialist, though, there is one area where you can remain a valued and highly sought after employee.

Growth Industry

Homeland and private sector security is a growth industry that needs skilled employees. Both the government and companies have ratcheted up the understanding that security is not something that just happens on its own, but must be planned for and executed with the proper individuals in place.

According to the Freedonia Group privately contracted security alone will be a $64.5 billion business by 2016. The individual income levels range from uniformed security guards making barely above minimum wage in some areas to high-level corporate security management making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. A former Special Forces operator without a college degree is limited somewhat in climbing the corporate ladder but there are still many rungs to fit on that provide a satisfactory, well-paid career.

Training and Qualifications

Some companies expect the job seekers to have certain civilian qualifications while others are willing to send their existing employees for further training and groom them from the inside. The International Association of Professional Security Consultants provides certification and training to individuals who are members. Other training is available at schools such as National Advanced Training Center, Henley-Putnum University and Executive Security International. A standard degree in criminology is a favorable mark.

Types of Companies

Security experts in the corporate world work for multi-national companies with hundreds of thousands of workers to local businesses that are under a potential threat from outside sources. Some companies, such as the petroleum, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, work closely with their government security counterparts and are highly regulated in what they do according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other companies have the freedom to plan out their own security and how they choose to approach it. Whatever the size or requirement, a former military Special Forces member will find common ground and experiences with his co-workers.

Types of Jobs

A larger company has many security concerns. A security employee may find himself working in emergency management, preparing for external disasters such as Hurricane Katrina or Sandy. Infrastructure protection and physical security are more “hands on” type of jobs. Keeping the building and employees safe from harm is critical, especially in the essential parts of the economy. Bodyguard details for high-level executives are the elite jobs in security.

Find a Security Job

Many corporate security jobs are found by word of mouth. The Special Forces community is small, and they take of each other. Some entry-level jobs are advertised in the newspapers and magazines that are directed to the military. The job seeker offering a board experience betters the chances for gaining a position. For many multi-national companies service overseas and a second language gains a tremendous advantage for the former military member.

The ability to plan and execute a complex, potentially dangerous operation while keeping a cool head are the earmarks of a trained security operative. Very few people have an opportunity to prove they have these abilities. These are the very skills brought to the position by someone who has worked in a military Special Forces job.

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