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Earn a degree in homeland security / public safety from an accredited college

Since its creation at the time of the September 11th attacks on the United States homeland, this federal department has become increasingly well-known and essential. Homeland security, or public safety, exists to identify, prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and natural disasters; and to secure facilities like airports and harbors. Combined with the armed services, it makes America’s safety possible.

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Why should I get a homeland security degree?

Homeland security is an effort to defend the mass public—including your own family and friends—from powerful threats aimed at the very places they live and work. If you wish to defend domestic tranquility, this is an excellent job for you. You may also be interested in providing relief to the victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters. If those causes don’t fully convince you, consider that many jobs, especially in management positions, have great pay as well. Aptitudes with technology, computer science, and data management could also lead to homeland security.

What kinds of jobs could I get in homeland security / public safety?

Some common careers include immigration officer, security specialist, deportation officer, IT specialist, intelligence operations specialist, transportation security screener, emergency management, and remote sensing analyst. You may also be involved with the DHS in accounting or other necessary subdivisions. Some related fields include medicine, fire protection, law and law enforcement, or computer science. Whichever is your choice, you can take pride in knowing you have contributed to the safety of America.

Common Jobs

  • security specialist
  • emergency management director
  • federal air marshal
  • information security analyst
  • remote sensing analyst

How much I will make?

In homeland security, you have earning power in the range of $45,000 to $100,000. The average national salary is about $67,500. As a security manager, you might make $96,450. In emergency management, you should expect around $55,360 each year. As a remote sensing scientist or technologist, you can make $94,800 or more. Information security analysts’ median wage is $75,660. Other occupations like security guards, transportation security screeners, and technicians make anywhere between $24,000 – $43,000 annually.

How is the job market?

Excluding the Postal Service, the federal government is the number one employer in the nation. Its Department of Homeland Security is one of the top five agencies for employment. Other agencies, state, and local governments also provide opportunities Beyond government, there are industries and nonprofits in the private sector. Overall, growth will be average. However, there are new fields opening up as security threats increase, U.S. prevention measures expand, and cybersecurity becomes more important. With a degree, you can almost certainly obtain a homeland security or related criminal justice career somewhere.

What skills do I need?

Something important to know is that as a defense against threats to the homeland, you’ll be subject to thorough background checks or security clearances for some jobs. You may need to have a clean record, and the examination process can lengthen the time it takes before you’re accepted. Some skills and knowledge that may be useful in homeland security include analytical thinking, complex understanding of problem solving, administration, telecommunications, and data and networking. You should also be ethical and self-disciplined. If you work in emergency relief and planning, expect to work difficult and irregular hours. Familiarity with information technology or sciences can be helpful also.

What classes will I take to get my homeland security degree?

You will be prepared in law enforcement, military, public health & safety, and security. STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) play a significant role in many homeland security careers. You will likely have classes that reflect this. Some curricula may teach you emergency procedures, management, and supervision. You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree for many good jobs, and a master’s is recommended for higher-level positions and salaries. Experience in the field will be valuable as well. Some schools do have a focus on homeland security and public safety, while others have similar degrees in related criminal justice areas. Many programs are offered mostly online.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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