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Homeland Security - Most Exciting Government Jobs

Homeland Security - Most Exciting Government Jobs

Kyle Stone | Associate Editor, GovCentral

Representing the centralization of hundreds of smaller US Government jobs, Homeland Security has emerged as a new, well-funded, and extremely important industry after the September 2001 attacks. Homeland Security encompasses a broad range of activities, all of which are highly engaging – not to mention high risk.

So, what type of jobs are exciting? Let’s start with broad categories – further down the page, we cover specific jobs.

Job Categories

- Emergency preparedness and response
- Border and transportation security
- Infrastructure protection
- Information analysis
- Homeland defense

In Demand Occupations

Security Guards
Projected Salary: $25,000
Employees Needed: 387,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: High School | Some College
Who’s Hiring: Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Army, Air Force

Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Projected Salary: $43,000
Employees Needed: 42,000
Projected Growth: 18% – 26%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Interior, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services

Transportation Inspectors
Projected Salary: $43,000
Employees Needed: 13,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: High School | Some College
Who’s Hiring: Department of Transportation, Department of Transportation

Other Jobs

Counterterrorism Analyst
● Border Patrol Agent
● Economist
● Machinist
IT Specialist
Find more

Job Fairs

National Security Agency Job Fairs

How to Prepare

The ASIS International 2005 report, Career Opportunities in Security, describes selected entry-level and mid-level security positions for a number of security fields, including several that are represented the Homeland Security industry.

Information on careers and employment with the various agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is available at the Department of Homeland Security Career Website.

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