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A Career in Homeland Security
Homeland security professionals anticipate, prepare for, prevent and react to everything from pandemics to terrorism. These workers help to reduce our nation’s vulnerabilities and to minimize the damage from catastrophic events.

Work in the field of homeland security is available in the air, on land and at sea. There are jobs in every state in the United States and abroad. Many homeland security jobs are with federal, state and local governments, but there are also plenty of other opportunities in private companies and nonprofit organizations.

Many careers in homeland security will fall under the direct jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. Jobs in the field are varied and include air marshals, program analysts, Coast Guard officers, Border Patrol, transportation security officers, information technology specialists, immigration officers, law enforcement officers, emergency response and many more.

Due to the nature of the work, those involved with homeland security must not only be knowledgeable of the policy and procedure, versed in the potential threats and hazards, but must also undergo security clearances or background checks. Another common requirement is that applicants be U.S. citizens.

Here is a sample of career fields available with this degree:

Emergency Management – These workers are involved in mitigation, preparedness, response or recovery activities. Their efforts are critical to homeland security because they help people, businesses and communities to avoid and better react to crises.

Information Security – Workers in information security protect all types of information—both recorded on paper and stored digitally—and the systems that move this information.

Law Enforcement – Law enforcement professionals make the country safer by deterring and investigating crimes. Police officers, as part of one of the largest law enforcement occupations, promote homeland security by patrolling areas, enforcing laws, maintaining order, and apprehending and arresting people suspected of criminal activity. Special agents who investigate crimes that include terrorist-related incidents or threats are also at the forefront of homeland security.

Infrastructure protection – Infrastructure protection workers identify ways to safeguard communities’ basic functions, including communication, utility, transportation, financial and public health systems. This requires understanding how these systems work and how they can
be made less vulnerable, developing plans to identify and deal with possible threats, and being able to restore these systems’ ability to function during and after a crisis.

Border Patrol Agents – Border Patrol agents prevent people who don’t have a legal right to be in this country from getting in. They also promote homeland security by stopping people from bringing things into the country that shouldn’t be here, such as illegal weapons.

Fire Professionals – These professionals are employed in a variety of roles and settings. They are usually among first response teams during disaster or emergency situations. Other responsibilities include industrial fire protection, arson investigation, state fire training agencies, municipal/county/federal fire departments, structural design for fire protection, fire protection equipment industry and many others.

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