Defense News

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wanted: Good engineers w/ clearance

Want a $62,000-a-year job in a growing industry an hour's drive from a world-class city? Apply today!

Most people would imagine that ad would have no trouble attracting job applicants.

But add in the details -- a required master's degree in computer engineering, strong background in higher mathematics, U.S. citizenship and government security clearance -- and that number can suddenly become very small.

That's the situation that Leslie Hielema, managing director of the Indiana office of ProLogic Inc., a computer engineering firm specializing in government contracts, finds herself in.

Because of the sensitive work her office does for the Department of Defense, Hielema is restricted to hiring U.S. citizens, which eliminates a large portion of the applications she receives from her job more.

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