Homeland Security Careers

A Homeland Security degree is for those who are committed to serving their country through a variety of possible careers all over the world. Most job opportunities in Homeland Security are within State, Federal or local government and are overseen by the Federal Department of Homeland Security. No matter the precise role, the goal is the same: to serve, prepare and protect the U.S. and its citizens from disasters (natural and man-made), widespread health issues and terrorism. They often work in tandem with social services, transportation, public health and safety, environmental groups and relief organizations.

Employment Opportunities

Homeland Security professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Research labs
  • Public buildings and facilities (city utilities, hospitals, airports, etc.)
  • Emergency response departments (Fire, police, EMT, call centers, etc.)
  • Government and military departments (FBI, Coast Guard, Boarder Patrol, etc.)


Homeland Security professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Emergency management
  • Informational and technological security
  • Law and protocol enforcement
  • Infrastructure protection
  • Business continuity

Industry Spotlight

Currently, one of the most booming areas within Homeland Security is computer and cyber security. And specialists in this area don’t necessarily have to have computer science knowledge. Those with backgrounds in biology, statistics and engineering are equally in demand.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008