Homeland security officers protect the United States and its citizens from terrorist attacks by securing airports seaports and land borders. Some homeland security officers work in the areas of immigration customs and border protection while others serve in the coast guard or secret service. Still others work in transportation security or as responders to disasters. Some study intelligence reports in order to prevent or stop terrorist threats. Homeland security officers work for the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) although some work for private security firms. Homeland security officers must be highly reliable calm when making decisions under pressure and they must have excellent communication skills. They should also be familiar with technology. Many enter this field of work after they have served in the military but some start out by working at a lower level government job. The website www.collegesurfing.com says that many schools offer homeland security officer associate degree programs with courses in domestic and international law ethics emergency planning and response and information technology. After completing this program students can transfer to a four-year college for a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security. Job opportunities for homeland security officers are expected to increase in the coming years. The website www.homelandsecurityofficer.com says that salaries for federal homeland securities officers follow the federal government civil service General Schedule (GS). A person with a bachelor’s degree starts as a GS 5 which pays an annual salary of approximately $35000 depending on the city where the job is located. However federal employees can earn higher pay grades as their experience and training increase. Homeland security officers may eventually earn as much as $155550 annually. In addition to salary homeland security officers are entitled to benefits such as paid vacations sick days health insurance and retirement plans.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Guards against terrorism.
Secures the United States borders.
Enforces immigration laws.
Prepares for natural and man-made emergencies.
|Also Called:||Customs Investigator
Homeland Security Special Agent
Secret Service Agent