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Nieman, MA, CHS-IV, CAS, MFIFaculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
With millions of dollars being funneled into homeland security, for those seeking to
break into the field those funds do not necessarily translate into job
opportunities. While the field of homeland security can be rewarding, pursuing
a career in the field requires research and patience.
The field of homeland security
offers a host of opportunities if you understand how to navigate the landscape
and have an idea of the field you’re interested in and your qualifications. For
the average person with no experience looking to enter the field, you should
begin with a basic understanding of homeland security and the subcomponent
agencies that interest you most. Careers in this area are not limited to just
governments positions, private contractors are often outsourced to fill vacancies
Homeland security is divided into
two primary functions with several subsections within the organization that
make up or contribute to the overall goal and mission of securing our homeland.
However the two primary areas are (1) operations or enforcement and (2)
The enforcement area of homeland security is made up of
state, local, and federal law enforcement positions. Each law enforcement area
has a different mission and hence different requirements for employment. Prior
to deciding on a career, you should take the time to research each aspect of
the position you are after in order to better understand the road ahead. For
instance, most law enforcement jobs require at the very least a physical
fitness assessment and a written test, followed with a background
investigation. In most cases, an agency today will require additional
coursework beyond a high school diploma (such as an associate’s degree) to be
eligible for employment. In almost every enforcement position, specialized
position such as CSI, SWAT, K9 and Investigators are pulled from the core of
the agency and based on career record, length in grade, and other factors
determined by the agency.
In addition to a formalized education, employers often seek
candidates with diverse backgrounds and specialized skills sets. For instance,
those with a degree in finance or financial auditing skills could be sought to
handle complex and protracted money laundering, fraud, and other white collar
investigations. Language capabilities are very attractive to most agencies and
could provide additional opportunities if the candidate can read, write, and
speak in a foreign language. Further, today’s increasing cybersecurity threats
could offer career options for those with relevant computer skills.
The support function is made up of careers in the areas of
consequence management, human resources, public works or facilities, training,
and community service or outreach. Intelligence and analysts roles fall in this
category as well as records clerks, IT, encryption specialists, and biometrics,
science and technology positions. The private sector may augment a
support position as a contractor awarded a contract to provide services in a
specialized or niche area.
Take the time to understand what
your personal and professional goals are and ask yourself, what do you see
yourself doing and in what capacity? Where do you see yourself as being
able to make the biggest contribution and—once you answer honestly—do your
homework to better understand the minimum requirements and what is needed to
for to excel in the hiring process.
Pursing employment within any
position, whether at the state, local, or federal level, is not without a few
obstacles and navigating the bureaucratic process can be time consuming and
even frustrating. However, don’t allow yourself to get discouraged—use this
time to gain valuable work experience in the private sector, enroll in a
language course, and brush up your computer skills while you navigate the
landscape to the career you always wanted.
Remember the words of Theodore
Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or
worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…”
Good luck in your journey and be safe!
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