The Top 6 Homeland Security Jobs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed in the wake of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Still, jobs protecting the nation extend well past any one department or any one level of government. Homeland security careers are rising across federal, state and even local jurisdictions. DHS alone employs over 240,000 people, including border patrol agents, cybersecurity analysts and chemical inspectors. Anna Maria College’s online Master of Public Administration degree with a Homeland Security specialization provides the expertise needed to tackle some of the field’s most exciting jobs. Here are six of them:

Border Patrol Agent

Salary: $33,073 - $108,8201 (DOE)
Projected job growth through 2024: 4 percent
Education: Master’s degree desired2 

The Department of Homeland Security had a 2016 budget of $41.2 billion and is steadily growing. The scope of border patrol positions is quite wide, especially at the state and federal levels, where multiple government agencies need more agents, including: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration.

Privacy Analyst

Salary: $64,650 - $119,7943
Projected job growth through 2024: 21 percent4
Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree required by some employers

Privacy analysts work across government organizations to counter terrorism and enhance security, administrative performance, operational programs and other pertinent management information to develop privacy compliance documentation and privacy thresholds.

Emergency Management Director

Salary: Median annual wage of $67,330, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Projected job growth through 2024: 6 percent5 
Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree required by some employers

Emergency management directors help communities prepare for and respond to natural, technological and other disasters. The position requires the ability to maintain a constant state of alertness and to take responsibility in times of crisis. The top employers for emergency management specialists are local governments, state governments, hospitals, utilities and emergency services.

Analytical Chemist

Salary: $38,179 - $84,3756
Projected job growth through 2022: 6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree required by some employers

Analytical chemists determine what a substance is, how much of it there is, and the relationship it may have with other compounds. For instance, they can detect the presence of chemical weapons and find the best way of disposing them. Analytical chemists help strengthen homeland security by creating new ways to identify harmful substances.7 

Cybersecurity Specialist

Salary:$76,404-$90,1208
Projected job growth through 2024: 18 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Education: Ph.D. or three years of graduate-level work

Technology has become increasingly sophisticated, and the demand for experienced and qualified cybersecurity analysts to protect the country’s computer networks and information systems is skyrocketing. The Department of Homeland Security is continuously recruiting cybersecurity professionals who are versed in cyber incident response, cyber risk and strategic analysis, vulnerability detection and assessment, networks and systems engineering, digital forensics, and software assurance.

Intelligence Analyst

Salary: $40,130 - $102,802
Projected job growth through 2018: 27 percent
Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree preferred

The Department of Homeland Security’s Terrorist Threat Integration Center is one example of a prominent intelligence analyst hub. The TTIC's analysts coordinate and transmit information between the various intelligence agencies.

According to the Central Intelligence Agency, TTIC's services range from a daily assessment for the President and his senior advisors to curated reports for the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to communicate with state and local officials.

Homeland security professions are on an upward trajectory with an increasing number of high-profile public officials10 encouraging students to enter the field.  An online MPA degree with a Homeland Security specialization from Anna Maria College can set you on an exciting path as government evolves to meet and deter new technological and man-made threats. Learn more about how our curriculum can open up a world of fascinating job opportunities. Call us at 877-265-3201 to speak to an Admissions Adviser or request more information online.

1http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Border_Patrol_Agent/Salary
2https://www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-cbp-career/border-patrol-agent
3https://dhs.usajobs.gov/Search/?Keyword=NCCIC&Location=&homeRadPublic=public&search=Search&AutoCompleteSelected=False&CanSeekStatusJobs
4http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm
5http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/emergency-management-directors.htm
6http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Analytical_Chemist/Salary
7http://learn.org/articles/Analytical_Chemist_Career_and_Salary_FAQs.html
8http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
9http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Intelligence_Analyst/Salary
10http://goldenisles.news/news/local_news/officials-encourage-students-to-pursue-cyber-security-jobs-at- ccga/article_9e52e074-e4f9-5cdd-9b7b-bd869f2680c8.html