Defense careers are flourishing and qualified applicants are needed to fill all the roles. Evan Lesser, founder and director of says that job postings continue to increase in the defense field and employers are trying hard to fill the positions. “The imbalance of open positions to candidates puts the value of a security clearance at a premium.”

Best Cities For Defense Jobs

If you’re looking for positions in defense, aerospace or homeland security, consider relocating. Positions in these areas can be found around the US but there are some hot spots that offer more opportunities than others.

Here are the best cities for defense jobs according to

  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Orlando
  3. Tampa/St. Petersburg
  4. Huntsville
  5. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  6. Colorado Springs
  7. Tucson
  8. Phoenix
  9. San Diego
  10. Los Angeles 

While the east coast and Capital region boast a wealth of defense jobs, employers are trying to fill shortages all over, which is a great opportunity for transitioning military and others who hold security clearances. If you’re ready to make the move and find a city that’s best for your career, consider the places mentioned.