12% is the average premium earned with an active government security clearance.
Want to make more money? Get a security clearance. Even better, get a hot IT certification, too, and watch the money roll in. Official government security clearances are a distinction that allow you to work on the most sensitive (and lucrative) of projects. Earning them essentially gives you a fat raise, especially as the Department of Defense depends more than ever on vendor innovation. Research from Dice.com and its ClearanceJobs.com service reveal the higher earning power of clearance-carrying employees, and also the specific certifications worth pursuing. Network operations, project management, and systems administration are top areas of interest on this Top Ten certifications list. And the combination of security clearance and tech certification isn’t just a way to make more money within your current organization -- it can also better position you for a new job. More than 8,460 IT workers with active, federal security clearances took part in the survey. The report can be found here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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