Career Outlook

  • Fire Officer
    Homeland Security Emergency Management is Everybody's Business
    Homeland security is a dynamic and diverse career field. Employees prepare for, prevent, and react to events that threaten our country and the well-being of its people. Homeland Security jobs secure our borders, airports, seaports, and waterways. They research and develop security technologies, prepare for and respond to natural disasters or terrorist attacks, and analyze intelligence reports, among many other tasks. 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. We help to reduce our Nation's vulnerabilities and to minimize the damage from catastrophic events.
  • Homeland Security Degree Programs
    Find a Career in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
    Some form of postsecondary degree or certification is now required for most emergency management jobs, as for many of the positions that fall under the broader emergency management heading. Whether required or not, a professional certification will very likely put the holder at an advantage over other job seekers in the competitive emergency management job market. Emergency Management degree programs often fall under the heading of Homeland Security or have titles such as Emergency Management, Disaster Management or Public Administration. Courses and degrees are offered at community colleges and at 4-year colleges and universities. Homeland Security & Emergency Management Degrees have become quite popular with young, career-minded people with a passion for saving lives. A degree in emergency management ensures that an individual will be able to display the competency and up-to-date knowledge required to pursue real-world experience. Experienced professionals can find employment in nearly any industry because every company needs an emergency preparedness plan to ensure safety.
  • Veterans
    Preview Job Pathways and Opportunities for Veterans
    The Department of Homeland Security is committed to engaging the skills, talents and experience of our nation’s veterans. This is being done through efforts to increase veteran employment opportunities, expand contracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses, and enhance veteran engagement. The Department employs over 50,000 veterans, which is approximately 25% of the entire Department civilian workforce, in addition to the active duty members of the United States Coast Guard. Given the vital role veterans play in advancing the Department of Homeland Security’s mission, the Department works every day to cultivate a stronger relationship with the veteran community. The Chief Human Capital Officer leads the Department's efforts in veteran recruiting including coordinating with other departments on special veteran programs. We are also building training components in veteran hiring tools and developing standardized training materials for recruiters.
  • Research
    Find Information on the Latest Research in HSEM
    Homeland security jobs are widely sought after. They can be based in Washington, D.C., throughout the country, or abroad. 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. Click here to learn more about the current trends/research in homeland security and emergency management.

Find a Job in Homeland Security Today!

Homeland security work is available in the air, on land, and at sea. There are jobs in every state, in the District of Columbia, and abroad. There are plenty of job opportunities available at the federal, private, and nonprofit level, which makes emergency management one of the fastest growing career fields in the world. A degree in emergency management creates possibility for a number of jobs in the public sector, including governmental positions (federal, state and municipal), law enforcement, firefighters, inspectors, first responders, medical technicians, paramedics, municipal waterworks, crisis prevention, and military. However, there is also great demand for emergency management experts in the private sector, particularly within large industries such as oil and gas. Security is one of the biggest areas of private sector employment. Many companies hire security workers to protect against possible threats to employees, customers, and electronic assets. Some businesses employ workers to develop and sell products related to homeland security. In terms of careers, homeland security has an impact is so many ways.

Some Careers Include:

The list is not all inclusive due to similarities in job function, but countless differences in job titles.

  • Asylum Officer
  • Biological Scientist
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Budget Analyst
  • Contract Specialist
  • Cost Estimator
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Cybersecurity
  • Deportation Officer
  • Detention Officer
  • Disaster Project Specialist
  • Distribution
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Emergency Management Planner/Consultant
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Engineer
  • Firefighter
  • Fire First Line Supervisors
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Hazard Management
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Immigration Officer
  • Immigration Enforcement Agent
  • Import Specialist
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Junior Operations Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Instructor
  • Mission Support Specialist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Paramedic
  • Police Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Positions with FEMA
  • Program and Management Analyst
  • Program Specialist
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Security Advisor
  • Security Specialist
  • Storage Manager
  • System Engineers
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Toxicologist
  • Transportation Screener
  • TSA Inspector
"I'd say there's not an industry or business out there today that's not impacted by homeland security."