2. Operations or Intelligence Analyst
This is another high-paying job where one’s military training, particularly in cryptology and counter proliferation, counter terrorism, and similar international issues will be harnessed. The intelligence analyst’s job takes into account not only current events but also their link to historical occurrences.
Intelligence analysts are expected to have high levels of critical thinking abilities and a comprehensive understanding of what is currently taking place, in terms of geographical, environmental, social, economic, and political issues.
A military retiree’s expertise in collecting, analyzing, and reporting geospatial metadata, combined with demonstrated working knowledge in network and telecommunication, will give the edge that would easily qualify a military retiree for this career.
This profession is financially rewarding, but some employer’s require a Master’s degree in intelligence/security studies, aside from a BS degree in criminal justice, or a BA degree in history or political science. Due to the sensitivity of the position, government hirers require security background investigation and polygraph testing.
Top Industry Hirers and Their Salary Offers:
(1) Booz, Allen, and Hamilton $69,162 - $94,498
(2) Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) $64,093 - $83,259
(3) U.S. Air Force (USAF) $43,430 - $77,491
(4) U.S. Army $35,925 - $72,930
(5) U.S. Navy $30,631 - $70,194
US Cities Where This Job is Popular
(1) Washington, District of Columbia; (2) Tampa, Florida; (3) Arlington, Virginia; (4) San Antonio, Texas; (5) McLean, Virginia; (6) Fort Meade, Maryland; (7) Reston, Virginia