Government contractors and consulting firms also abound. Also, tech related positions with the FBI, CIA, NSA and all branches of the military and military intelligence are in demand big time in DC.
Security clearance capable folks are far more marketable. This means, no prior arrests for anything including DUI, no bankruptcies, limited debt (including school debt), politically neutral family with no relatives or anyone in close affiliation belonging to political groups such as the Black Panthers, Communists or Radical Islam, etc. Fringe religious groups like the Church of Scientology, Hari Krishna and non-mainstream Mormonism that still practice polygamy are out too (mainstream Mormonism is completely acceptable if not sought after). Gang affiliations past or present is an automatic exclusion. If you are serious about getting a security clearance, remove any tattoos that could be mistaken for gang affiliation. Also, any history of drug use, even with no arrests, can get you excluded. Clean up your facebook page and profile. Eliminate any party photos with alcohol, lewd dress and behavior, etc. Do the same with twitter and linkedin or any other social media. Expect to fill out tons of paperwork, get fingerprinted and take a polygraph test.
Last edited by OsakaDad; 07-12-2012 at 04:00 AM.