Security Contractor Jobs

People will do anything for money. Even go to war. Mercenaries have been fighting in wars for all of recorded history. They do the military’s dirty work and are paid a huge paycheck for doing it. Mercenaries do more than you think. Today they are called security contractors…

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Security contractors, commonly called mercenaries, perform security, intelligence, and combat across the globe for money. They can be found in every military hot spot – Afghanistan, Colombia, or Iraq. Private military companies like Blackwater Security, Military Professional Resources Inc., Sandline, Global Dynamics, or Triple Canopy hire these civilians to accompany and assist the military.

Security contractors are more than just guns for hire. They are professional soldiers who fight for money, not for a nation or a cause. The majority of these mercenaries are experienced ex-military or ex-law enforcement professionals. The government and global corporations hire private military companies to come to war zones to help train troops, provide security, or perform special missions. Security contractors don’t ask questions, they just perform their duty, and get paid.

The private military industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. In the military a grunt soldier makes about $20,000 per year. An experienced, capable security contractor is in a six figure employment category, pulling in $150,000 to $250,000 per year for a similar job. It’s very dangerous, but for a career soldier, working for a private military company makes financial sense.

Private Miliary Contractor Performing Security Assignment in Middle East

Private military companies don’t hire just anyone. They only want the best of the best – Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, SWAT. This makes for an elite force of experienced civilians, who can roam the jungles of South East Asia, take fire on the rooftops of Baghdad, provide convoy protection in Saudi Arabia, hunt terrorists in the mountains of Afghanistan, or destroy drug labs in Colombia.

Security contractors have a controversial job. They don’t necessarily answer to anyone. They perform their missions without justifications. They work hand in hand with the military and it makes it difficult to establish what can and cannot be done. Legally, security contractors cannot perform offensive maneuvers – that means they can only fire when fired upon.

If you want to become a mercenary, the first thing you need to do is get military or law enforcement work experience. Join the military and put in your time. Follow orders, get fit, learn languages, and gain experience. Try to join a special operations branch of the military to become specialized in a niche like explosives, security, weapons, intelligence, or jungle combat. Basically become a tough, professional fighting machine.

The next step is to apply to private military companies. The demand for mercenaries will depend on the world at the time. If they offer you a job, it will be contract based to complete a specific mission. Always remember what you are getting into. Your life is on the line. Is your life worth the reward of great paychecks? If so get ready to travel to the world’s hot spots and assume the risks.

By the way, if this type of work sounds interesting, then don’t overlook our sniper jobs page in this same section.

The pay for a security contractor is off the charts. Some mercenaries make $500 to $1,500 per day. Interrogators are rumored to make up to $14,000 per week. The salary ranges from $89,000 to $250,000 per year. Employer, experience, expertise, specialty, location, and danger potential ultimately determine the paycheck.

Being a security contractor is a heart racing, adrenaline pumping career. It’s also very dangerous. If you have military experience and still enjoy taking sniper fire, removing landmines, training troops, or protecting politicians then put in your application to be a mercenary. The pay is outstanding.

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Quick Facts About Security Contractor Work

Job Title: Private Military Contractors, Security Contractors, or Mercenary
Office: Military hot spots across the globe
Description: Perform security, intelligence, and combat for money
Certifications/Education: Military or law enforcement background
Necessary Skills: Specialized military skills, physically fit
Potential Employers: Private Military Companies or Military Service Providers
Pay: $500 to $1000 per day or over $100,000 per year

Helpful Security Contractor Employment Links:

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Association of the Stability Operations Industry
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