Keep American citizens safe and protected
Homeland Security and Public Safety
Homeland security and public safety is a dynamic and diverse career field that keeps evolving to meet new needs. These professionals help to reduce our country’s vulnerabilities as well as minimize the damage caused by catastrophic events.
Created in 2001, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now one of the largest federal agencies with more than 183,000 workers. Many homeland security jobs are with government agencies. However, there are also plenty of opportunities in private companies and nonprofit organizations.
Professionals in this field anticipate, prevent, and react to everything from pandemics to hurricanes to terrorism. Options exist both for those who like to be in the forefront and for those who prefer to work in the background. Specific areas include:
- Revealing potential security threats
- Analyzing intelligence and recognizing potential problems
- Responding to and managing critical incidents
- Assessing and addressing an organizations safety and terrorism risks
- Investigating incidents and collecting evidence
Do you have the dedication needed to succeed in this field?
Professionals in this field need to be dedicated to their work and always conduct themselves with integrity and impartiality. Since they interact with many different types of people, they need strong interpersonal skills and communications capabilities. They must also be able to keenly observe their surroundings and recognize any strange or suspicious behavior.
A career in homeland security and public safety could be right for you if you:
- Are comfortable working in an organized hierarchy
- Believe in showing great respect for authority and superiors
- Can work well alone or in a group
- Have strong observation and reporting skills
- Respond well under stress
- Can work with details
- Are willing to be a positive role model for the community
What are the career opportunities in this field?
Homeland Security and Public Safety Career Paths
Those earning a degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety will be eligible for many different types of careers. Graduates of this program will be trained for careers in Homeland Security, Public Safety, and Criminal Justice fields. Career opportunities exist at the federal, state and local levels, as well as private sector organizations.
- Local and State: emergency response, detention facilities, public buildings and utilities, emergency management agency
- Federal: Department of Homeland Security, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Labor, Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection
- Private: Facility security, safety patrol, industrial security, cybersecurity
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Created in 2001 to coordinate homeland security activities between all government agencies and private organizations, the Department of Homeland Security has grown to one of the largest Federal agencies. By 2006, it already employed approximately 183,000 security professionals in Washington D.C. and across the country.
Specific Department of Homeland Security career opportunities for graduates include:
Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Asylum Officer
- Immigration Officer
Customs and Border Protection
- Border Patrol Agent
- Import Specialist
- Detention and Removal Assistant
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Detention and Deportation Officer
- Immigration Enforcement Agent
Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate
- Protective Security Advisor
- Intelligence Operations Specialist
- IT Specialist (information security)
Transportation and Security Administration
- Intelligence Operations Specialist
- Transportation Security Screener
U.S. Secret Service
- Criminal Investigator
Depending on the specific occupation, work environments can vary greatly. Homeland security professionals may work in an office setting, manufacturing environment, airport, or public utility while others are primarily mobile (such as border patrol). Work weeks are typically 40-hours in length, and there may be opportunities for over-time. Shifts may be rotating. Full-time employees typically receive a full benefits package. Public sector employees also typically receive a government pension at retirement.
Some people employed in a homeland security position will routinely engage in situations where their personal safety is threatened. In addition, professionals in this field are expected to be honest and ethical while on-duty and off, and are often looked at as role models within the community.
Homeland security and public safety positions typically have multiple levels of rank, and advancement is determined by level of education, length of experience, and on-the-job performance. As most positions are in the public sector, specific levels must be reached before advancement can occur; this may include a minimum exam score, number of years in the position, or a degree level.
What is the program title, length, and content?
Homeland Security and Public Safety Programs
A Herzing University degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety can be applied to many careers within the security, emergency, and law enforcement fields. Students who begin with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and can then roll their credits into either the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety or the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program. Or, students can enroll directly into the bachelor degree program and finish it in as little as three years.
Homeland Security and Public Safety Program Comparison Chart
Program availability varies by location.
|Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice||60||20|
|Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety With No Minor or Concentration||122||36|
|Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice With a Concentration in Homeland Security||122||36|
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Students gain the academic foundation of general education courses as well develop career capabilities in areas such as intelligence data analysis, criminalistics, forensics and emergency management. Graduates have a well-rounded approach to working within the public safety sector and are prepared for entry-level positions in all related career fields. Download Program Course Sheet
Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety with No Minor or Concentration
This degree program is designed to prepare professionals who will be responsible for identifying potential terrorist targets and maintaining public safety. The core courses in homeland security, public safety, and criminal justice are completed in this degree as well as an individual capstone project. It also allows students who have taken many courses at a different institution to transfer more credits. Download Program Course Sheet
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Homeland Security
Designed for those who do not wish to transfer a large number of previous college credits, students in this degree program move beyond the core criminal justice and homeland security and public safety programs with coursework in criminal psychology and investigation, narcotics and financial crimes. Download Program Course Sheet