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Homeland Security is among the nation's leading growth sectors, with employment in all areas of the Homeland Security field expected to continue to rapidly expand through the coming decade. Many state and local Law Enforcement agencies also continue to shift their existing personnel and resources toward the collection and analysis of crime and terrorism intelligence, as well as toward the specialized fields of counter-terrorism planning, preparation, and response. In the coming years, a significant number of additional personnel and other resources will be required as state and local law enforcement agencies assume a greater share of the national responsibility for Homeland Security functions. Tremendous demand exists - and will continue to exist - for skilled intelligence analysts, policy analysts, managers, translators, trainers, and technical experts within the ranks of sworn officers and investigators as well as in civilian job titles.

Law enforcement agencies at the federal level also show signs of similarly rapid growth, especially in specialized Homeland Security and intelligence fields. The FBI, the Border Patrol, the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration and other federal law enforcement entities have dramatically expanded and enhanced their Homeland Security posture, and all are actively seeking skilled managers and professionals for investigative and analytical positions. Similarly, agencies within the US Intelligence Community need large numbers of analysts and technical specialists as well as operatives.

Specialists in Emergency Management are also needed at the federal, state and local levels. The growth of the Emergency Management profession is closely related to the growth of the Homeland Security profession, and career opportunities are increasing for skilled professionals and managers within the fields of Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical Services, public health management, Hazardous Materials handling, and various environmental and geographic sciences.

Homeland Security careers and employment opportunities are not limited to the law enforcement, intelligence, and emergency management fields, however. Indeed, virtually every sector of the American economy has a role to play in ensuring the nation's Homeland Security goals are achieved. Private sector companies, public utilities and critical infrastructure entities -- especially in the transportation, health care, education, information technology, and manufacturing fields -- are therefore becoming more and more involved in Homeland Security function. Corporate security personnel, and especially corporate security managers with the knowledge and skills to interface effectively with law enforcement, with the intelligence community, and with other corporations and groups involved in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, are in great demand. This demand is especially strong in defense industries, technology companies, and various financial services fields.

In this competitive employment market, the need for knowledgeable and highly skilled professionals who hold academic credentials in Homeland Security has never been higher, and the need will not diminish in the coming decade. Experienced and credentialed Homeland Security managers will be in particularly high demand.

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts between 2002 and 2012:

  • a 12.7% increase in Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers – a total increase of 11,716 new jobs;
  • a 13.2% increase in Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians – a total increase of 5,445 new jobs;
  • a 20.7% increase in Fire Fighters – a total increase of 58,454 new jobs;
  • a 22.4% increase in Detectives and Criminal Investigators – a total increase of 21,006 new jobs;
  • a 24.2% increase in Correctional Officers between 2002 and 2012 – a total increase of 103,375 new jobs;
  • a 24.2% increase in First-line Supervisors and Managers of Police and Detectives – a total increase of 17,363 new jobs;
  • a 24.7% increase in Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers – a total increase of 152,795 new jobs;
  • a 28.2% increase in Emergency Management Specialists – a total increase of 3,092 new jobs;
  • a 31.8% increase in Security Guards – a total increase of 317,106 new jobs;
  • a 33.1% increase in Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics – a total increase of 59,337 new jobs;
  • a 36.8% increase in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, including Health Technicians – a total increase of 10,147 new jobs;
  • a 43.1% increase in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers – a total increase of 16,201 new jobs.

The following summary is from a February 2005 federal government report on employment prospects in the coming years, entitled “Where the Jobs Are: The Continuing Growth of Federal Job Opportunities.”

Top 5 Areas Where Government Is Hiring

According to the responses provided by 24 major federal agencies, the occupational categories where the federal government plans to do the most hiring over the next two years are:

1. Security, Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (37,515 new hires)

Occupations in this category include criminal investigators, compliance officers, police officers, security and prison guards and airport screeners. In particular, the Transportation Security Administration projects a need for 9,000 full- and part-time screeners in 2005, and a similar need in 2006. The Coast Guard, which also is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), needs to hire additional staff for port security, as well as for search and rescue controllers. And as a result of the intelligence reform law enacted in December 2004, DHS will be hiring 2,000 border patrol agents annually for the next four years and an additional 800 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators each year.

The Justice and Homeland Security departments also will be seeking increasing numbers of people, especially those with foreign language expertise, to serve as intelligence officers.

This “security sector” ranked as the single largest area of need, even though this survey did not include data from the National Security Agency or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which is confidential and unavailable to the public. On November 18, 2004, President Bush issued an executive order calling for the CIA to increase staffing by 50 percent in three key areas: clandestine operators, intelligence analysts and intelligence officers proficient in “mission critical languages.” Since the number of employees in each of these three groups is classified, how many new hires this will demand is unclear. But press accounts estimate the president's request will translate into 2,200 new clandestine officers alone.

Homeland Security Employment Links

Central Intelligence Agency

Civilians Working for National Defense

Defense Intelligence Agency

Department of Energy

Department of Homeland Security - Student training programs and fellowships

Department of Homeland Security

Department of State – Diplomatic Security

Department of State - Student Programs and Internships

Department of State

Director of National Intelligence Special Security Center (DSSC) Job Vacancies

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

FEMA Employment Opportunities in Emergency Management

National Security Agency

NYPD Recruit

Transportation Security Administration

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

US Coast Guard – Civilian Career Opportunities

US Customs and Border Enforcement

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Student Volunteer Program

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

US Secret Service Student Volunteer Service (Internships)

US Secret Service

US Intelligence Community Careers

USAJobs – the Federal Government's Official Jobs Site



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