Guide to Homeland Security-Emergency Management Career Pathways

The field of Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) is broad and includes many areas of work responsibilities. We have identified six career pathways, including degrees in Criminal Justice, Technology and Cyber Security, Emergency Medical and Health Services, Fire Service, Homeland Security Emergency Management, and Occupation Health and Safety that are groups of shared skills and responsibilities of occupations in this field. Each pathway addresses a different career cluster within the program area of Homeland Security Emergency Management.

Use this pathways guide to help discover different programs and degrees in the state of Washington that fall under these career options.

Washington Career Pathways
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The center promotes educational pathway programs, which include a wide variety of professional degree areas.

Career Pathways



PRE-LAW INDUSTRY DESCRIPTION Pre-Law involves learning various multifaceted programs relating to how laws work, how they’re made, how they apply to society and law in general. Students will learn the practicality of laws and how they are shaped by various sources. PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Pre-Law program coursework varies depending on which role you are interested in pursuing. The pathway can vastly vary from legal assistant certificated to law school. Graduates will develop skills in:  Documenting a variety of behaviors and events in a manner that is specific, clear, grammatically correct, culturally sensitive, and legally defensible. Applying basic methods of institutional management and rehabilitative practices. Applying basic theories for the causes of crime and dynamics of criminal behavior. Applying the laws regulating institutional conduct in a fair manner. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Judge Lawyer Pre-Law Degree Options [...]



PARALEGAL INDUSTRY DESCRIPTION Through formal education, training and experience, paralegals have knowledge and expertise regarding both the legal system and substantive and procedural laws which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals work as members of legal teams in law firms, business, government, and social service organizations. They are trained to prepare legal documents, conduct research and investigations, interview clients and witnesses, prepare probate inventories, help attorneys in litigation, and organize and index documents. PROGRAM OVERVIEW A program in this pathway aims to train the student in conducting legal research, developing trial notebooks and supporting trial work, preparing legal documents, summarizing depositions, writing detailed procedures for law office specialty areas, interviewing clients and performing investigative work, understanding procedures that involve decision making, and performing administrative functions. Graduates will develop skills in: Understanding the basic principles of the American legal [...]



FORENSICS INDUSTRY DESCRIPTION Forensics is concerned with the recognition, identification, individualization, and evaluation of physical evidence using the methods of the natural sciences. Some of the significant areas of this specialty include toxicology, odontology, trace evidence (hair, fibers, glass, etc.), ballistics, and explosives, accelerates, and fingerprint examination. Their research, examinations and findings are used as evidence in legal cases. PROGRAM OVERVIEW Programs in forensic science combine courses in investigations, evidence, criminal law, and procedures, with science and math courses in chemistry, calculus, analytic geometry, and quantitative presentation, court testimony preparation, and some include training in the new Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Develop Skills In Forensics Understanding the information that they have acquired to understand the correct approach for a forensic investigation in terms of data recovery, examination, use of instruments, and analysis. Identifying crime scene considerations of investigators for a variety of different crime scenes. Employing proper [...]



CORRECTIONS INDUSTRY DESCRIPTION Graduates who concentrate on Corrections do such things as confine dangerous and aggressive individuals, prepare legal reports, search persons, subdue violent inmates, testify in court, and in some extreme cases, use deadly force. They also identify and understand disciplinary practices in the United States in relation to philosophies of punishment, sentencing practices, victim’s rights and institutional limitations. PATHWAY OVERVIEW Programs in corrections will provide students with an understanding of the adult and juvenile criminal justice processes, its agencies, and personnel. These programs will study the theory, concept, and historical significance of the evolution of the criminal justice system. Develop Skills In Corrections Documenting a variety of behaviors and events in a manner that is specific, clear, grammatically correct, culturally sensitive, and legally defensible. Applying basic methods of institutional management and rehabilitative practices. Applying basic theories for the causes of crime and dynamics of criminal behavior. [...]


Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice pathway includes the processes and interactions that occur between the police, courts, and correctional services.

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Fire Service

The Fire Service pathway deals with things like fire protection, fire prevention planning, fire education, and emergency preparedness.

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