Homeland Security Careers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is made up of several divisions or components. Each of these components is critical to maintaining security and safety in their respective areas. The components of the DHS are:

  • Directorate for National Protection and Programs
  • Directorate for Science and Technology
  • Directorate for Management
  • Office of Policy
  • Office of Health Affairs
  • The Office of Intelligence and Analysis
  • Office of Operations Coordination
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Federal Emergency Management (FEMA)
  • United States Secret Service

State and local law enforcement also coordinate with the DHS to develop strategies to deter acts of terrorism and protect the citizens of the United States from acts of terror. These organizations also act in the event of natural disasters and other states of emergency. Given the numerous organizations, there are a variety of career opportunities for those wanting to work in the field of homeland security.

Find Schools Offering Homeland Security Degrees

The agencies operating under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security usually require employees to hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Most any degree can be relevant based on the many components of the DHS, but if there is a certain area of interest, make sure to research the education, experience and related requirements for that position.

Homeland Security Employment

Typical Homeland Security related jobs for graduates with a Homeland Security Degree, Criminal Justice Degree or related degree include, Law Enforcement, FBI, ATF, Secret Service, DEA, ICE, Border Patrol, and Homeland Security Officer with the Department of Homeland Security. Many corporations have developed Homeland Security initiatives or divisions and individuals with a Homeland Security Degree may find employment in these positions.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, career opportunities in security will offer a 12 percent job growth outlook through 2022, which is about as fast as average for all occupations. Examples of industries implementing Homeland Security initiatives are finance corporations, insurance agencies and security consulting agencies. A Homeland Security Degree may give an individual an advantage over a non-degree holding individual applying for jobs in law enforcement or national security.  Salaries usually depend on one’s skills and position. For those interested in private security or corporate security management level careers, a B.S. in Organizational Security & Management is an excellent option.

A Criminal Justice Degree prepares students for many of the same jobs as a Homeland Security Degree does, but with a more broad focus.  Make sure to check out the schools below that offer degrees in Criminal Justice.

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Tallahassee, Sarasota, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Pembroke Pines, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Miami

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security (Online)
  • Associate of Arts in Homeland Security (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security
  • Associate of Arts in Homeland Security

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Campuses: Pompano Beach

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Homeland Security

Campuses: Pembroke Pines, DeLand, Lakeland

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice with emphasis on Homeland Security

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security & Emergency Management (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social and Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • BSCJ - Homeland Security

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Specialization (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice - Homeland Security (Online)

Maine Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Lewiston, ME

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • BSCJ - Homeland Security

Iowa Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cedar Rapids, IA

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • BSCJ - Homeland Security

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Oakdale

Degrees Offered:

  • A.A.S Criminal Justice

Colorado Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Aurora

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Management - Homeland Security

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.