Homeland Security Option
Homeland Security is a dynamic and diverse career field. Like security threats themselves, the work required to protect the nation is constantly changing. That work cuts across numerous disciplines, creating job possibilities for people with nearly any level of education and experience. Options exist both for those who like to be in the forefront and for those who prefer to work in the background. The scope of homeland security practice is broad, encompassing a wide range of disciplines. People who work in homeland security anticipate, prepare for, prevent, and react to everything from pandemics to hurricanes to terrorism. These workers help to reduce our nation’s vulnerabilities and to minimize the damage from catastrophic events
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Homeland Security is now transforming industries in areas such as health care, energy, and transportation. If you are pursuing a degree in liberal arts, business, finance, science, health sciences, or education, education in Homeland Security will give you an edge over other candidates competing in today’s challenging job market.
Homeland security is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and the impact on the workforce has been sudden and dramatic. Over the last ten years, new jobs have emerged, and many other existing jobs have been altered to reflect new homeland security responsibilities. The homeland security industry continues to grow, and as it is a multidisciplinary field, it needs people in many specialties. Currently the highest demand in the public sector is for people trained in security, disaster management and emergency matters. The need for skilled intelligence analysts, policy analysts, managers, translators, trainers, and technical experts is also high. In the private sector, there is high demand for corporate security personnel in the defense, financial services and technology industries. Public utilities and key infrastructure entities, such as transportation, health care, education, information technology, and manufacturing, are becoming more involved in homeland security matters.
In addition to pursuing a degree in Homeland Security at a 4 year institution, an
emphasis in homeland security can contribute to or enhance the pursuit of other majors.
This program will transfer to:
- University of Maryland Global Campusnew window
- American Public University/American Military Universitynew window
For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.
Students with a General Studies degree will be able to successfully apply these skills in a wide range of careers. Graduates of this program are expected to join the labor market at entry-level management to mid-level management, depending on prior experience. The employment outlook within homeland security jobs is strong and expected to continue to rise because this department plays the most active role in protecting the interests of the country and its citizens. Although, in general, our economy is struggling, homeland security jobs are expected to remain in high demand; national security is among the highest priorities of our government and a slowed economy should not influence job opportunities at the Department of Homeland Security and its many arms. It will always be an important role of the government to protect its citizens from threats.
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General Studies Degree
Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.
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