Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen? Yes
Will I need a security clearance? Yes, new professionals are expected to pass a background investigation and obtain a secret security clearance.
Does SSC Pacific provide graduate studies/continuing learning assistance? Yes. Financial aid in the form of paid tuition is obtainable through your division once you take permanent assignment. A competitive, Defense Department-wide scholarship is also available that allows for full-time graduate study while working part-time. Specific training (Cisco Networking, MCSE, systems administration, etc.) is often paid for through project funds as it pertains to knowledge or skills applying directly to the project.
How are New Professional tours coordinated? Some new professionals have their first three-month tour already lined up. For the most part, a new professional spends about 1-2 weeks interviewing with various branch and project managers to see if there is a good fit. The interview process helps ensure the work is interesting and the working environment is enjoyable and supportive. With only two new professional tours, the interviewing process ensures that those tours are well-chosen and that both the new professional and the Center are happy when it comes time to take permanent assignment.