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Mission Support Opportunities

Within Mission Support, there are a variety of management, administrative and professional opportunities (MAP) available. Located at TSA’s headquarters or in the field, these positions primarily exist in four main categories:

  1. Communications and Social Science
  2. Business, Legal, Finance and Human Resources
  3. Medical, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Safety
  4. Compliance and Investigation

Within each category, you will find a list of series. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook of Occupational Groups and FamiliesHandbook of Occupational Groups and Families, a series is a subdivision of an occupational group or job family consisting of positions similar to specialized lines of work and qualification requirements. Series are designated by a title and number such as the Accounting Series (0510), the Secretary Series (0318) and the Microbiology Series (0403).

Hiring Process

We've outlined the hiring process to show what you can expect. If you have any questions along the way, you can reach out to human resources or the point of contact listed on each Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA).


Complete and Submit Application*

When you find a position that interests you, create an account on USAJOBSUSAJOBS and submit your application and resume. Learn more about how to create an account, submit your resume and more on our Federal Hiring Process page.



If you’re among the candidates who are referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted for an in-person or telephone interview. Certain positions require a structured interview as part of the candidate evaluation process.


Clearances and Evaluations

After the interview stage, you’ll need to pass a background check and potentially other evaluations. See the specific job opportunity announcement (JOA) for information about specific requirements.

* There are special hiring processes for certain Mission Support roles (direct-hire authority) and for veterans, students and individuals with disabilities. Visit our Federal Hiring Process page or to learn more.


  • U.S. citizen or national
  • At least 18 years of age
  • One or more years of related, specialized work experience OR a 4-year degree
  • National service experience and/or volunteer work
  • Background investigation and security clearance (depending on position)
  • Selective Service registration ( learn morelearn more )


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