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As the United States expands its influence and presence in less stable regions of the world, there is an increased need for civilian contractors abroad. Over the last twenty years, American diplomatic, aid, and military operations conducted in overseas regions have created a global demand for government-paid civilian contractors. These contractors – working for various firms that provide technical and personnel support to international government operations – provide key services to government agencies and their staff. Governments – particular the United States government – find working with contractors to be a great way to meet their needs, since employing contractors generally entails far less “sunken costs” for the government itself. Hence the need for contract employees has risen greatly over the past two decades. Contract employees willing to work overseas are highly desired by both contractors working directly for various departments or branches of the United States government, as well as by subcontractor firms that specialize in completing various projects or filling personnel gaps for larger contractor firms.
Classification of Civilian Contractor Jobs
Generally speaking, overseas contractor jobs can be divided up into three distinct types of labor. First, overseas civilian contractors are needed in order to provide services and labor for organizations / companies or governments that cannot train and deploy enough of their own staff quickly enough to attain their goals. These jobs include providing everything from healthcare services, to personnel and human resources management, to kitchen-related work as a chef, to training and education. Second, other contractors will be deployed to work on technology and weapons systems. This can include everything from design, deployment, and maintenance of information technology, to the deployment of large-scale infrastructure systems such as communication networks or power grids. In addition, contractors are often extensively used to provide support and maintenance services for heavy industrial equipment, as well as weapons systems that are deployed on a base or in the field.
Finally, there is presently a very large demand for civilian contractors willing to work for private military corporations, which provide armed security personnel and security experts to both government agencies and corporate enterprises conducting operations in unstable areas. Because geopolitically unstable areas usually suffer from very high crime rates, risk of terrorism, and kidnapping, it is very common for civilian contractors – especially those with military or police experience – to work alongside government employees or employees of multinational firms with business interests or facilities in the area. Private military contractors are also extensively employed to provide security services – everything from body guard service, to reconnaissance, to perimeter protection – to other large contractors and their partners. Seeing any of the three types of contractors above working together is a fairly regular occurrence. In addition, it’s quite typical for job responsibilities to bleed between any of the three categories outlined above. For instance, finding a private military contractor that also happens to have training responsibilities is a common occurrence.
Useful Skill-sets for Getting Civilian Contractor Jobs
Most civilian contractors provide basic labor services (basic in the sense that their services are essential to a smoothly-running enterprise or military operation – not basic in the sense of difficulty). Overseas commercial and military installations require a very large amount of human labor to keep functioning properly, regardless of if they belong to the government or to a private enterprise. This is especially the case whenever large-scale projects such as the construction and / or maintenance of oil fields, or the setup, maintenance, or take-down of a military installation is completed. As a result, civilian contractor jobs are available for a diverse range of positions, including kitchen staff, lawyers, doctors, nurses, IT specialists, technicians, teachers, and translators. Having a diverse range of personnel with varied skill-sets is often important to a military or commercial projects’ success, and given that training individuals from such diverse backgrounds would often put an undue financial strain on a military branch or a corporation, working with contractors that can provide these services – which are essential, but more or less tangential to the direct goals that a military group or a corporation would be pursuing.
In addition, many civilians successfully obtain employment form defense and technology contractors that carry about various operations abroad. Most of these contractors work at the behest of a government, though they are also employed by other companies in order to provide services. In this latter case, these firms will work as subcontractors that answer to a larger contractor managing a project. Contractors working for these firms will generally be responsible for deploying technology and infrastructure systems – such as oil field equipment, seismic testing equipment, telecommunications systems, radar systems, computing and IT systems, etc. In addition, many civilian contractors are employed in order to provide in-the-field technical support for weapons and targeting systems that are used by military forces, and often serve in important roles when it comes to providing maintenance to key vehicle systems.
In addition, many private military corporations depend heavily on civilian contractors. They highly desire individuals with law enforcement and military backgrounds, though a good number of civilian defense-sector (public or private) employees are also desired, in addition to translators. These contractors provide security services to governments’ personnel or corporate personnel operating in unstable areas. They are also used to collect data, conduct surveillance, and to install and maintain perimeter security systems. It’s very common for compounds where foreign expatriate workers live to be guarded and patrolled by members of private military companies. In addition, they often provide escort and body guard details for civilian government employees that are working in the area, such as those on a temporary assignment with the department of defense. It is important to note that civilian military contractors are NOT soldiers. They do not partake in offensive operations against an enemy. Instead, they provide exclusively defensive services, and are not authorized to engage a hostile party unless that party threatens the contractor or the assets they have been assigned to protect.
Benefits of Civilian Contractor Jobs
The biggest perk associated with civilian contractors jobs is the pay. Depending on what job one is able to get, individuals can earn between 2 and 4 times what they would be paid for an equivalent job in the US.