There is job security in airline jobs. The problem is they tend to be in stations that are very hard to staff because of cost. I know at DL
a position at LGA
, and SFO
are pretty secure. I doubt we will go the contract route for Line staffing at stations of this size. Also if there is another round of layoffs I wouldn't expect anyone to move there an bump out lowtimers.
As for contract for the military, I did that also. It isn't anymore secure than an airline jobs. Some contracts are only for mod work. When the mod is done so are you. If the contractor you are working for loses the next contract you could be out. The next company many times already has people lined up for the job you are doing. If the military mothballs the plane you are supporting, you are out with very little notice. If they move your plane, you are expected to pull up and move, or they get someone else. During my four years of contract work I worked at two differnent bases on a permenet basis and visited a couple of others. Sometimes the relationship between the base personel and the contractors was a little terse. Many didn't like us being there. Most of the mechanics and pilots didn't really care, but many of the support people didn't go out of their way to help us.
You don't really have to make a choice. If you find a good job that fits you, take it. If after a few years the fit isn't as good or it goes away, move on.