Why Military Veterans Excel in Security Careers

Taylor Karl
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The mission is critical. The job pays well. There are plenty of openings needing qualified people to fill them. As a returning military veteran, does that all sound good to you?



Damages from cybercrime are estimated to top $6 Trillion by next year.

Depending on whose report you read, there are anywhere from a half-million to 2 million open job requisitions for cybersecurity professionals in the U.S.

Entry salaries range from $50,000 to over $100,000 with rapid advancement to well over $200,000 with additional training.

The Department of Homeland Securities’ Veterans Cybersecurity Training and Education guide tells us:

“The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing at 12 times the overall job market, making cybersecurity one of the most highly sought-after careers in the country. Cybersecurity professionals report an average salary of $116,000—that’s nearly three times the national average. In addition, this career offers you the opportunity to continue to support a mission that protects citizens, critical Information, and even national security. Many jobs in cybersecurity offer rewards that are similar to your military experience, such as the ability to thwart adversaries, make quick decisions in dynamic situations, and help defend your country.”

At the same time, employers are preferring those with military experience for many of these positions. CyberSecurityGuide.org tells us:

“Cybersecurity employers also see the same qualities in veterans that so many others do: discipline, dedication, and team orientation. Today’s military forces utilize some of the most technologically advanced digital systems in the world. And military computer systems and networks are probably the most heavily targeted high-value assets in the world for hackers. Given this, any active-duty service members involved directly with these systems, and particularly with defending these systems from attack, will be extremely well prepared for private sector work in cybersecurity.”

Some of the attributes that make members of the Armed Services and military veterans sought-after candidates for cybersecurity jobs include:

            • Learning agility and problem solving

            • Leadership capabilities and experience

            • Experience working in high-pressure situations

            • Experience working in roles where lives and safety are at stake

            • Understands the importance of discipline and process

            • Ability to obtain and maintain security clearance

            • Mission-driven: accustomed to working with a shared sense of purpose

            • High personal drive; motivated by the pursuit of excellence

            • Loyalty, dedication, and teamwork

There are few organizations in the world, across the history of the world, that do a better job of instilling these qualities in a person than the U.S. Armed Forces. Literally, the only thing missing is cybersecurity training, and that’s very easy to obtain.

United Training Academy prides itself on being the best learning resource for those with military experience who are looking to apply everything they learned while serving a role where they can make a living and make a difference. To find out about funding available to you, and courses of study which will quickly prepare you, contact us today for a free consultation on your next steps.