I don't have a 3.0 GPA. I'm not interested in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) career. Why should I be worried about getting a security clearance?
Some people (both adults and teens) believe that obtaining a security clearance is based on your high school GPA or the high-tech career path they choose. Not so! Many careers will require a security clearance or background investigation depending on where you work. What about the grounds keeper at the White House or the construction worker building an annex on a military base or the courier handling sensitive documents for a government contractor?
No matter what career your student may choose, there will be some type of background investigation conducted and their character will be assessed. The important thing for teens to know is that honesty, good decision-making skills and integrity are three of the main components students should be concerned with even if they don't think a security clearance will be beneficial to their future career. Keep in mind, having a clearance or at least having the ability to obtain one if needed can open doors that may not have been opened otherwise. You never know where it may take you!
|Position||Type of Investigation|
|Cadet with the Maryland State Police||Background Investigation and Polygraph|
|All employees within Maryland local school systems||Criminal Background Investigation|
|Network Administrator for NSA||Security Background Investigation and Polygraph|
|NSA Police Officer||Security Background Investigation and Polygraph|
|IT Specialist - Info Security Intern for DISA||Background Investigation with Top Secret Clearance|
|Administrative Support Specialist for DISA||Background Investigation with Secret Clearance|
|Field Managers/Superintendent for Wilhelm Commercial Builders, Inc||Background Investigation; some government contractors require Polygraph|