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How to Get a Job in Homeland Security and Terrorism

In response to the September 11 attack on the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was born. Twenty-two federal agencies were brought under the jurisdiction of DHS. Some of the goals of DHS include preventing terrorism, increasing our country’s security, managing borders, and enforcing immigration laws.

Careers at DHS

Employees of DHS may work in U.S. Customs, the headquarters of DHS, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Immigration, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Secret Service.

Job seekers interested in working with DHS can go to to learn more about the DHS, career opportunities, and application process. Just a few examples of potential careers include working in cyber security, nuclear detection, legislative affairs, intelligence, public affairs, finance, civil rights, and science and technology.

DHS has hiring programs for recent graduates or current students. For example, current students are eligible for the internship program. Students from high school all the way to graduate school can apply. Internships are paid positions. If students perform well, they may be hired on permanently.

Graduates have the opportunity to participate in the Recent Graduates Program. This program usually lasts one year. Participants have a mentor to guide them in their work. Each graduate creates a development plan to choose a career path, track professional development, and record any job training. Participants who complete all the program requirements and perform successfully may be hired on in a permanent position.

Individuals who have completed a master’s degree or higher can apply for the Presidential Management Fellows Program. Only the highest quality candidates are chosen. Applicants must participate in a thorough and challenging assessment. Finalists will be hired for a two year term. Fellows receive training, a mentor, and a personal development plan. Upon successful completion, fellows may be permanently hired.


Salary will depend on the department, geographic region, and whether the position is entry level, expert, or management. For example, a human resources specialist may earn from $70,000 to $90,000 annually. A supervisor in electronics earns 80,000 to $105,000. Transportation Safety Officers (TSO) earn $30,000 to $43,000 annually. An information technology specialist will earn $60,000 to $95,000 per year.

Education and Job Requirements

Each position will have its own education requirements. Clicking on a specific job opening will explain the job duties, required education, experience, and other necessary qualifications.

Schools For Careers In Homeland Security

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