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Online Homeland Security Degrees and Careers


The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, engendered a paradigm shift that affected every aspect of life in the United States. Among other things, the event underscored the importance of having a professional class of security experts well-versed in the art and science of protecting against terrorist activity. Today, thousands of dedicated men and women have found new careers focusing on various aspects of homeland security.

If you think a career in homeland security might be the right professional path for you, but you're not quite sure how to get started, a degree in homeland security can help you learn more about this emerging field and determine whether this career is a good fit for your skills, talents, and interests. A growing number of online and traditional colleges and universities offer degree programs in homeland security.

Education & Career Opportunities in Homeland Security

According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, homeland security jobs rank among the fastest-growing occupations in many federal and state agencies, including the recently established federal Department of Homeland Security. Related jobs include opportunities in state border patrol agencies, state and federal emergency management agencies, immigration and customs enforcement, state and national guard agencies, and various branches of the military. In addition, private-sector opportunities in the homeland security field are also growing at a rapid clip. Although some entry-level jobs in the field do not require a degree, top-level positions are likely to be reserved for candidates with a combination of education and experience in the field.



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