Careers in homeland security offer a number of important ways to serve your nation and protect its borders. Homeland security includes jobs in the departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice, Defense, and Energy.
Here are just a few careers for those interested in federal and local security.
Federal Air Marshal
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), federal air marshals "detect, deter, and defeat hostile acts targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers, and crews."
Air marshals fly incognito on flights throughout the U.S. to protect passengers and crews, and are used by the TSA to encourage confidence in the nation's security. Air marshals are trained to use investigative techniques to identify threats, and are skilled in handgun accuracy, firearms profiency, and self defense.
Emotional control, objectivity, good judgment, and leadership are key skills for this career. And as with any federal law enforcement position, experience and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or related field is required.
As a police officers, you will protect and serve your community by enforcing the law and arresting people who break it.
By working on patrols you'll be a visual reminder that law and order are required at all times from citizens within your jurisdiction. If you come across suspicious behavior you'll be responsible for investigating and possibly issuing citations or even making arrests.
While a degree is not required, many successful cadets enter the academy with an associate's or bachelor's degree. If you are interested in learning the academic side of law enforcement, consider a degree in criminal justice, police science, or administration of justice.
Computer Security Specialist
As a Computer Security Specialist you'll be responsible for maintaining and planning your organization's computer security systems. As an expert on security protocols, you'll teach your team about best practices and monitor and diagnose cyber attacks and security breaches. With the increasing frequency and complexity behind cyber attacks, you're job will be extremely important as well as rapidly evolving.
Great problem-solving and analytical skills are a prerequisite, as is a faculty with communication since you need to be able to explain complex issues to non-technical coworkers.
While not always required, many Computer Security Specialists have a bachelor's degree in a field related to computers like computer science, or information technology (IT). Other candidates have been hired by acquiring applicable experience along with proper certification.